Chicago police have shot and killed a man in the city’s South Shore neighborhood after officers said he pointed a gun at them.
The Chicago Police Department Office of News Affairs said in a statement early Saturday that officers heard shots fired at about 10:10 p.m. Friday and saw a van driving away. A male passenger jumped out of the van and began running.
Deputy Chief Dana Alexander told WLS-TV the man, whose identity and age were not released, pointed a gun at the officers and was told to drop it. She said one officer fired two shots.
The news release said a weapon was recovered at the scene and no officers were injured.
The shooting is under investigation. The Independent Police Review Authority could not be reached Saturday morning.
An 18-year-old man was shot to death by a Chicago Police officer Friday night in the South Shore neighborhood.
About 10:10 p.m., Grand Crossing District officers on patrol near 71st Street and Paxton Avenue heard shots fired and saw a van speeding away from the area, according to a statement from Chicago Police.
A pursuit ensued, and the officers watched someone jump from the vehicle with a gun in his hand, police Deputy Chief Dana Alexander told reporters at the scene.
The officers chased the man — identified as Jeffery Kemp — to 74th Street and Merrill Avenue and ordered him to drop the weapon, but instead he turned around and pointed it at the officers, authorities said. An officer then fired two shots, striking the man.
Kemp, who lived in the 7400 block of South Jeffery, was dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Police said a gun was recovered at the scene. No officers were injured.
SOURCE: ASHLEE REZIN AND REEMA AMIN