One man was wounded by police after he pointed a shotgun at officers from his car in the East Garfield Park neighborhood this morning, officials said.
No police officers were injured and the man, 30, who was holding a sawed-off shotgun when police fired at him, was shot in the arm, according to a news release from police and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 spokesman Patrick Camden.
Harrison District officers were called to the area around Franklin Boulevard and Central Park Avenue in East Garfield Park about 4:30 a.m. after receiving a call about shots fired, police said in the statement. Once they arrived, a witness pointed at a car, saying that the man inside the vehicle had a "big" gun, Camden said. The car was headed north on Central Park, and police activated their emergency lights and sirens and followed the car, according to police.
Police pulled the vehicle over on Central Park just south of Chicago Avenue and two officers, with guns drawn, approached the vehicle, demanding to see the man's hands, Camden said. The man, who was hunched over the car's steering wheel, did not comply, and the officer on the passenger side shined a light into the vehicle.
The driver then straightened up and pointed the sawed-off shotgun at the officer on the passenger side, Camden said. The officer, fearing for his life, fired twice, he said. The officer shot the man in the arm, police said.
The driver then drove off in his car, heading north on Central Park, police said. Police followed, and in the 900 block of North Central Park, the man threw the shotgun out the window, police said.
Near the intersection of Potomac Avenue and Central Park, the man's vehicle hit a bump in the road, and the vehicle came to a stop near a viaduct, police said. The man apparently blew a tire and the car crashed into the viaduct, Camden said.
Police took the man into custody without incident – "no resistance, no nothing," Camden said – and took him back to the Harrison District, where it was discovered he had been shot in the arm. The man was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County for treatment, police said.
The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating.
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