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COPA Investigating Incident Involving Employee Who Discharged Weapon

COPA was notified of an encounter involving an employee discharging a weapon Sunday morning

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The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is reviewing an incident involving one of its own employees discharging a weapon Sunday morning in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood, according to a statement by COPA.

The COPA employee, a 39-year-old male, was attempting to locate his stolen vehicle near the 1300 block of South Central Park around 5:30 a.m., according to a Chicago Police Department report.

The employee, who is a conceal carry license holder, fired shots at two subjects getting into his stolen vehicle, according to the report.

Police said the offenders then left the scene in the vehicle and it’s unknown if they were struck by the gunfire.

The incident is under investigation, according to police.

The Chicago Police Department notified COPA of the encounter and it will review the matter and work to further assess the event, according to the agency.

This story has been updated to reflect that the individual is employed by COPA not the Chicago Police Department.

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