Police: Off-Duty Chicago Cop Fatally Shoots Burglar in Old Town

Sunday, Sep 1, 2013  |  Updated 11:22 AM CDT
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An off-duty Chicago police officer fatally shot a burglar in the Old Town neighborhood late Saturday night, police said. Susan Carlson reports.

An off-duty Chicago police officer fatally shot a burglar in the Old Town neighborhood late Saturday night, police said. Susan Carlson reports.

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An off-duty Chicago police officer fatally shot a burglar in the Old Town neighborhood late Saturday night, police said.

The officer said he observed a burglary-in-progress around 11:40 p.m. in a vacant second-floor apartment in the 1900 block of North Lincoln Avenue, officials said.

The officer told the man he was a police officer and ordered the offender to come down, according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department.

The offender allegedly approached the officer with his hand in his waistband and refused to show his hands despite prompts from the officer and allegedly threatened the officer’s life, the statement said.

The man then produced a "shiny object" from his waistband and ran towards the officer, officials said.

The officer shot and killed the man, police said.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

There were no other injuries reported and the officer was not hurt in the incident.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting.
 

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