Madeline Buckley, Hannah Leone and Anna Spoerre
Chicago police officers shot a man after chasing him into a South Side apartment building Wednesday night in the East Chatham neighborhood, officials said.
Around 7 p.m., patrol officers saw an “armed” man in a crowd of people near 79th Street and Drexel Avenue and chased after him when he ran away, Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said.
The group of about three officers followed the man into the third floor of an apartment building about a block away in the 7900 block of South Ingleside Avenue, where there was a “confrontation,” police said. Police officials previously characterized it as a “struggle.”
One officer then fired one shot, he said. The man did not return fire.
Officers recovered a 9 mm weapon with an extended clip. A photograph distributed by police shows the weapon on a tile floor with the clip and a round lying nearby.
The man was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the neck, police said.
The Tribune is not naming the 23-year-old man because he has not been formally charged. Police say charges are pending.
He is on parole following his release from prison last year after he pleaded guilty to a drug-related felony in 2015.
Family said he is the father of two young children, a baby and a two-year-old. A small group gathered under the red lights outside the Emergency Department, standing on the sidewalk as they waited for information. His mother, Angela Wight, was also waiting to see her son.
“They refused to let me see my son tonight,” Wight said.
Another woman walked over to the group and embraced Wight.
“He’s OK,” Wight told the woman. “He’s stable.”
Tuesday Ellison said she’s known the man her whole life, calling him “a good family man.”
“I watched the young man grow up, and he’s not a bad kid,” Ellison said.
The women questioned the officer’s decision to shoot the man.
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is conducting a use-of-force investigation and is further investigating the details of the shooting, police said.
“As [a part] of our thorough investigation we will continue to collect evidence, speak to witnesses and review all relevant video,” COPA spokesman Ephraim Eaddy said in a written statement Thursday morning. Eaddy said anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to contact COPA.
As is routine for police shootings, any officers involved will be put on administrative duties for 30 days, according to a statement from the police department.
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