Man Dies Months After Cops Shot Him

Sunday, Sep 6, 2009  |  Updated 3:45 PM CDT
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Man Dies Months After Cops Shot Him

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Mario Johnson was shot by police in June. He died in a hospital bed Saturday, Sept. 5.

A Maywood man shot by Chicago Police in June died Saturday morning in part because of injuries suffered during the shooting.

Mario Johnson, 30, of 705 S. 8th Avenue in Maywood, was shot by Chicago Police June 2 at 2340 W. Madison Ave. and he was pronounced dead at 5:47 a.m. Saturday at Kindred Chicago Central Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

A Sunday autopsy determined Johnson died of multiple gunshot wounds -- as well as the medical conditions sepsis and anoxic encephalopathy, according to the medical examiner’s office, which ruled the death a homicide.

Plainclothes officers from the Narcotics Section were conducting a “drug deal” with a suspect later identified as Johnson about 8:40 p.m. June 2. When officers attempted to make an arrest, Johnson allegedly tried to escape by getting in a vehicle and “driving at” the officers, police said.

The vehicle allegedly struck three officers before police fired “a whole bunch of shots,” striking Johnson, police said.

Johnson was initially taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. The three officers were taken to Rush University Medical Center in good condition after suffering “compact injuries,” Fire Media Affairs spokesman Larry Langford said.

The Independent Police Review Authority and Harrison Area detectives are investigating.

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