1 Wounded in Police-Involved Shooting in Washington Heights - NBC Chicago

1 Wounded in Police-Involved Shooting in Washington Heights

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    1 Wounded in Police-Involved Shooting in Washington Heights
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    One person was wounded in a shooting on the 1000 block of W. 103rd Place in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Chicago's South Side Saturday afternoon. 

    Authorities confirmed that the incident was a police-involved shooting, according to the Chicago Police Department. The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating an officer in connection with the shooting, said Larry Merritt, spokesman for the IPRA. 

    Police were called to the scene around 1:25 p.m. to an assault in progress, according to News Affairs. One weapon was recovered from the scene, though further details were not released. 

    The Chicago Fire Department confirmed that one person was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious-to-critical condition with a gunshot wound. 

    Neither police nor the hospital would confirm the victim's identity, but family members told NBC 5 that he is 23-year-old Mekel Lumpkin. 

    SWAT teams were on the scene, though the details surrounding the shooting remain unclear.

    This shooting occurred just hours after police shot and killed 55-year-old Bettie Jones and 19-year-old NIU student Quintonio Legrier in West Garfield Park on Chicago's West Side. 

     

    At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, the Chicago Police Department issued an updated statement on both incidents, confirming that the death of 55-year-old Bettie Jones was an accident, saying she was "accidentally struck and tragically killed. The department extends its deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends."

    The Department also revealed that officers involved in both shootings will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days. 

    "This new policy which was implemented by Superintendent Escalante, will ensure separation from field duties while training and fitness for duty requirements can be conducted. Going forward, this will be standard protocol following all officer-involved shootings," the statement said. 

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