Police Shoot, Kill Man After Chase

Sunday, Sep 27, 2009  |  Updated 9:30 AM CDT
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Police Shoot, Kill Man After Chase

Sami Sarkis

Police shot and killed a 28-year-old man who pointed a gun at them in the South Side Ashburn neighborhood early Sunday.

The man was in a car that matched the description of one that was involved in an earlier weapons violation in the Deering District on the South Side when officers saw it on the 7900 block of South Kedzie Avenue about 11:55 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement from police News Affairs.

The officers activated the lights and sirens on their car as they tried to pull the vehicle over, according to the statement, but the driver refused to comply and tried to get away. While fleeing northbound on Kedzie, the man struck two cars, rendering his vehicle inoperable. He got out of his car at 76th and Kedzie, and tried to get away on foot.

Officers from the Chicago Lawn District and the Gang Enforcement Unit ran after the man, who was carrying a handgun, police said. The man turned and pointed the gun at the officers, and fearing for their lives, police opened fire on him, fatally wounding him.

Juan Robles, of the 4600 block of S. Washtenaw Avenue, was pronounced on the scene at 2:05 a.m., a Cook County Medical Examiner’s office spokesman said. An autopsy is scheduled Sunday.

Police recovered the weapon the man was carrying, the statement said.

One officer received a non-life threatening injury to his arm during the chase. No other injuries were reported.

The shooting is being investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority.

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