Chicago police shot and killed a man Saturday night igniting protests in the city, clashes with cops and resulting in the officer being placed on desk duty just hours after the shooting. The protests led to multiple officers being injured, police said.
Chicago Police Chief Fred Waller said a group of officers patrolling the city’s South Shore neighborhood at about 5:30 p.m. saw a person they believed to be armed and confronted him.
A struggle followed and the man was fatally shot. None of the officers were injured.
“Some officers working a foot post, walking along 71st Street, saw a subject they thought might have been armed from the bulge around his waistband,” Waller said at a press conference Saturday night. “After that, they approached the subject, who became combative and as he became combative, flailing away, he broke free from the officers and they thought he appeared to be reaching for a weapon — which he did have a weapon on him — and officers tragically shot this man.”
Waller called the shooting a “tragic incident.” Police said only one officer opened fire, striking the man.
The man was pronounced dead at Jackson Park Hospital, according to officials. He has not been identified.
The police recovered a semiautomatic-type weapon and magazines from the suspect.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Mark Osborne