A Chicago police officer shot and killed a man who punched her several times during an early morning police chase, authorities say.
Officers were trying to pull over a car with four men inside for a traffic stop around 2 a.m. Thursday, said Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden. The driver would not pull over and a chase ensued. Near the 7300 block of South Emerald Avenue, the car crashed into a garage and the driver and passengers split up and started running.
Officers chased and stopped one suspect in a gangway at 7344 S. Emerald, Camden said. The suspect then punched one of the officers in the face, police said, and during the struggle, the officer shot the suspect, who was killed.
The officer sustained minor injuries and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition.
"This is something to be thankful for today," Camden said, "that the officer is alive."
The Independent Police Review Board is investigating the incident.