Investigation Underway After CPD Fatally Shoots Person Outside Bar in Irving Park

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A casual night at a neighborhood bar on Chicago's northwest side turned dangerous after a patron pulled a gun on a bar employee, leading to shots fired by police, preliminary reports from witnesses and officials say.

According to authorities, shortly after 3 a.m., Chicago police responded to a call of a person with a gun in the 3700 block of North Troy, not far from Christina's Place, a neighborhood bar in Irving Park.

When officers arrived on the scene, a witness directed them to an individual who was fleeing on foot into an alley, according to authorities.

As officers pursued, the suspect produced a gun, a statement from the Chicago Police Department said. Officers the discharged their weapon, striking the suspect, the statement goes on to say.

The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene, according to officials.

According to witnesses, the scene unfolded in "a matter of minutes."

"A young man came in, had some drinks and went outside to have a cigarette," said Miranda, an industry veteran who works security at Christina's. Miranda, who sensed the "vibe wasn't right," stepped outside to check on the man.

"I said, what's the problem?' And he pulled out a gun," Miranda continued. "I put my hands up. We called police and they did their job from that point on."

Police quickly arrived on scene and were pointed in the direction of the patron, witnesses say. After confronting the suspect, gunshots rang out, according to witnesses.

"We never have issues like this," said Miranda, who added that the patron was not a regular. "I know everybody. 90 percent of the people who walk in here. My job is to make sure you guys are safe, the public is safe."

The incident is currently under investigation by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

No further details were provided. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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