Four people were killed by gunfire in Chicago over the weekend, two of whom were armed when they were shot and killed by police officers. Additionally, there were 24 persons wounded in the city, according to an NBC News report on Sunday evening. The two men who were shot and killed by police were in incidents on the South and West Sides of the city.
Chicago Police Department officials revealed that two people had been fatally shot in separate police-involved shootings on Sunday evening. The first incident occurred at approximately 7:20 p.m. in the vicinity of Polk Street and California Avenue on Chicago’s West Side. According to the information made available to media, police were called to the 2800 block of West Polk Street at approximately 6:30 p.m.
Police were summoned because there was a report of an individual with a gun. After police arrived on the scene, a male ran from a house and through a gangway. Then police ran through a vacant lot on the east side of the house. An officer chased the man with the gun up the stairs of a home. According to Pat Camden – a spokesperson for the Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago – the man with the gun turned and pointed a gun at the police officer who was chasing him. That’s when the officer fired and shot the man.
The man was pronounced dead after being taken to Mount Sinai Hospital nearby. Camden said that you have got an offender with a gun, and instead of dropping the gun and surrendering, he points the gun at the police. Camden summarized, “The officer has no choice.” A spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority, Larry Merritt, said they have been notified of the deadly incident but could not respond at this time.
The other police-involved deadly shooting occurred at approximately 9 p.m. An officer on foot patrol saw a man shooting another man at Ingleside and 80th on the South Side. The officer who shot and killed the gunman saw the gunman try to fatally shoot a victim. The condition of the victim who was shot by the dead gunman is not known, according to the Chicago Tribune.