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Chicago Officers Fatally Shoot Man in Pilsen Shootout, Police Say

Two people were taken into custody at the scene, according to a statement from Chicago police

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Chicago police officers shot and killed a man late Monday night in an exchange of gunfire in the city's Pilsen neighborhood, authorities say.

The shooting took place at around 10:45 p.m. in the 1300 block of West 19th Street, according to a statement from Chicago police.

Five people were standing on the sidewalk when police said shots were fired in the direction of officers from the 12th District who were driving in the area, striking their department vehicle.

NBC 5 has not been able to independently verify the narrative or information provided by Chicago police.

Police said officers then returned fire, striking a male who was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. Authorities later said the man died.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office did not immediately confirm the fatality, but family members at the scene identified him as 26-year-old Miguel Vegas.

Two people at the scene were taken into custody, according to police, while two others fled the area on foot.

Authorities said a firearm was recovered from the scene. No officers were shot, officials said, and no other injuries were reported.

The shooting, including the use of force, is under investigation by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, Chicago police said. The officers involved will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days per department policy, according to police.

A statement from a COPA spokesman said the agency, as part of its investigation, "conducts interviews of involved officers and civilian witnesses, gathers evidence including 911 recordings, medical examiner and tactical response reports before reaching a conclusion."

COPA said investigators immediately began gathering evidence and reviewing body camera video. Relevant video and materials related to the shooting would be released no more than 60 days after the shooting, per city policy, COPA said.

COPA asked that anyone with information on the shooting or relevant video contact the agency by phone at 312-743-COPA (2672) or by emailing COPAinfo@chicagocopa.org.

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