The 29-year-old man who died in a shootout that left three Chicago officers injured was a felon and a documented gang member, police said Tuesday.
Lamar Harris, who fired at officers Monday night in West Chicago, had seven felony convictions and 43 arrests on his rap sheet, according to police. His most recent felony convictions were on January 9, 2012, for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and resisting a peace officer, causing injury.
A narcotics tactical team observed a drug deal in the alley of the 3700 block of West Polk just before 10 p.m. on Wednesday, according to police. When the team confronted the offenders, the men opened fire.
When the shootout was finished, three officers sustained non life-threatening injures, according to police. They were taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, and all are expected to live.
One of the officers was able to return fire and shot and killed Harris, one of two offenders, according to CPD Spokesman Sgt. Al Stinites. The other offender fled on foot and was not apprehended.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released the following statement:
"Every day the dedicated men and women of the Chicago Police Department put themselves in danger so the rest of us can be safe. Tonight we were reminded of the dangers that our police face, and the bravery that they routinely display as three of our officers were shot in line of duty. The thoughts and prayers of our entire city are with the officers and their families during this difficult time."