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Police Shoot Driver After Officer Allegedly Dragged

Grandmother says Darius Pinex "didn't deserve to die"



    Police say Darius Pinex was shot because he dragged an officer with his car and attempted to strike another officer during a traffic stop. (Published Friday, Jan. 7, 2011)

    A man attempting to flee police was shot and killed by officers early Friday morning.

    It happened in the 1100 block of West Marquette Road in the Englewood neighbohood early Friday morning.

    Police said officers pulled over 27-year-old Darius Pinex just after 1:30 a.m. after noticing his vehicle matched the description of one used in an earlier shots fired call.

    According to police, once the vehicle was stopped, officers ordered Pinex and a passenger out of the car. The passenger opened his door and Pinex put the car in reverse striking and dragging an officer. 

    Pinex then put the car into drive in an attempt to strike another officer, but hit a light pole instead, police said. The officer said he feared for his life, fired his weapon and shot Pinex, who later died.

    "They just shot him down like he was nothing.  He was a human being and he had people that loved him, people that still do love him," said Gloria Johnson, Pinex's grandmother.  "He didn't deserve to die the way he did, and I just want to know why they shot my grandson down the way they did."

    Pinex had more than two dozen previous arrests on his record, including drug possession, burglary and resisting arrest.  His most recent conviction came last month, when he was given a conditional discharge for resisting arrest, the Chicago Tribune reported.

    Despite that, Johnson insisted that her grandson was a good person who "didn't give anyone any problems."

    The officer that was dragged by the car was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The passenger in the car was taken into custody, but that person's identity was not revealed.

    Friday's incident was the third police-involved shooting since Tuesday.  The three people injured in two separate incidents that day are expected to fully recover.

    The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating all of the cases.