A man who was shot by an off-duty Chicago police officer after allegedly using his van to break into the officer's garage and then trying to run the officer over has died.
Around 7 a.m. Saturday, the officer heard a crashing sound outside his South Chicago neighborhood home and took his gun to go investigate, according to police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli. The officer saw a man behind the wheel of a van, attempting to ram into the garage door, Mirabelli said.
The officer identified himself as police, and told the man to stop. The man then turned the van toward the officer and began to accelerate, Mirabelli said. The officer shot the driver.
Mirabelli said the man was taken to a local hospital in serious to critical condition. Later, a spokeswoman for the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said the man died.
The officer was injured when he was knocked to the ground by the van, according to Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden. He was being checked out at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Camden said.
The Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates all police-involved shootings, is investigating, as are detectives.