Man Fatally Shot After Pulling Gun on Police

Police shoot and kill a suspected thief in Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood

By Diane Znamierowski
|  Monday, Mar 26, 2012  |  Updated 8:07 AM CDT
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Man Fatally Shot After Pulling Gun on Police

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Chicago Police said a man pulled a gun out of his waistband when officers attempted to pat him down Sunday night while checking out a "theft in progress."

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A police-involved shooting on Chicago's West Side left one man dead late Sunday.

Police said the man pulled a gun and tried to fight with officers as they attempted to take the gun away.

At 11:30 p.m., officers responded to a call in the 1500 block of South Kostner Avenue to check out a "theft in progress" in the Lawndale neighborhood, according to Police News Affairs.

When officers arrived, police found a man in the abandoned building. Police said the man pulled a gun out of his waistband when officers attempted to pat him down.

During a struggle, both the man and an officer reached for his gun at the same time. That's when police said officers opened fire, fatally striking the man. A weapon was recovered on the scene, police said.

No officers were hurt. The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the incident.

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