A Chicago police officer has been relieved of his police powers pending an investigation into an incident on Chicago's Northwest Side that ended with the off-duty officer shooting a man in the hand following a confrontation.
According to Chicago police, the off-duty officer was in the 3300 block of West Irving Park at approximately 10:47 p.m. when he reported that he heard gunfire.
The officer approached an occupied parked vehicle at the location, and during a confrontation with the occupants inside of the vehicle, the officer fired his weapon, striking a man in the hand, according to a police press release.
The man was taken to Swedish Covenant for treatment, and is currently in police custody.
The officer was taken to an area hospital for observation but was not injured.
According to Chicago police, the incident is now being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, in accordance with department policy. The officer involved in the incident will be placed on administrative duty for 30 days, per department policy.
Later Saturday afternoon, police officials announced that the officer has been relieved of his police powers by CPD Supt. David Brown while the investigation continues.
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, the agency responsible for investigating the use of force in the case, says it supports Brown's decision.