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Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot by Police on Chicago’s Far Southeast Side

The robbery shot by police Saturday afternoon refused to drop a knife and charged toward officers, officials said

A robbery suspect was shot and killed by Chicago police officers during a confrontation Saturday afternoon on the city's Far Southeast Side, officials said.

At approximately 3:15 p.m., officers responded to a robbery in the 2600 block of East 79th Street, and with the help of witnesses, located a potential suspect who was armed with a large knife, police said.

Officers demanded that the suspect drop the knife, but he refused and charged toward officers, according to Chicago Police Department Chief of Patrol Fred Waller. Officers echoed the demands a second time, but the suspect moved forward again, at which point, one of the officers deployed their taser twice, officials said.

Waller said the taser "had no effect" on the offender, and as a result, a second officer shot the suspect, striking him twice in the upper chest/torso area. The unidentified man was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Per protocol, the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative duties for 30 days. The incident is also being investigated by Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

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