Police Shoot Man; Another Opens Fire on Officers

Incident is second police-involved shooting in 4 hours

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    One man was shot while officers exchanged gunfire with a group of people early Sunday, in the second shooting involving Chicago police in about four hours.

    The shooting happened about 12:15 a.m., when Gang Enforcement Officers working in an area with known gang conflicts heard gunfire near 65th Street and Hoyne Avenue at the same time as a 911 caller reported shots fired in the area, according to preliminary information from a police News Affairs release.

    As the officers drove westbound on 65th Street toward the gunfire, a man armed with a handgun ran toward their vehicle and pointed a gun at the officers, according to the release.

    One officer fired at the man, who continued running and was arrested a short distance away after police chased him down. Officers recovered a weapon at the scene.

    The suspected gunman was taken to an area hospital in an unspecified condition for a non life-threatening gunshot wound, but it was not confirmed early Sunday whether the man’s wound came from the officer's gun. However, Curtis Tarver, a spokesman with the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates all police-involved shootings, said an officer shot a person in the incident, citing preliminary information.

    Meanwhile, as police were pursing the first gunman, another round of gunfire erupted from a group of at least three people at the corner of 65th Street and Hoyne Avenue, where a different person fired a weapon at the officers, the release said.

    A second officer returned fire but did not strike anyone, the release said. A person from the second round of gunfire fled on foot but was arrested in the 6400 block of South Hoyne Avenue. No weapon but multiple shell casings were recovered from the second shooting.

    The man shot was taken to an unidentified hospital and was still alive early Sunday, police said. Both he and the second person arrested are known gang members, according to the release.

    No officers were injured, Greer and Tarver said.

    Sunday’s police-involved shooting was the second such incident in about four hours. About 8 p.m., police shot a man in the leg in the 1900 block of South Sawyer Avenue, after a brief vehicular chase that began at South Kedzie Avenue and West 15th Street.  Police said that after the chase, the man jumped out of a van and pointed a gun at officers.  A weapon was recovered at the scene.

    Charges are pending against all three suspects as of early Sunday.

    Wentworth Area detectives and the IPRA are investigating.