Chicago Police Officer Shoots Robbery Suspect in Heart of Chicago

After the man pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at police, an officer shot him "in fear for their safety," police said

A Chicago Police officer shot a robbery suspect who pointed a gun at authorities early Sunday in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood, police said.

The shooting happened at 3:45 a.m. in the 2300 block of West 21st Street.

Officers who responded to a robbery call in the 2200 block of South Western Avenue got a description of the suspect from the victim and disseminated it over their radio, police said.

Other officers who heard the radio transmission saw a man matching the description in the 2300 block of West 21st Street. They exited their squad car and ordered him to stop, but he refused, according to police.

The man then pulled out a handgun from his waistband and pointed it toward the officers, prompting one of them to shoot him “in fear for their safety,” police said.

The man ran off, but police took him into custody after a brief chase.

The robbery suspect, whose age was not released, was taken to a hospital for treatment. His condition was not known. No one else was injured in the incident.

No charges had been filed as of Sunday morning. The Independent Police Review Authority, which looks at all police-involved shootings, is investigating.

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