Update: Late Wednesday morning, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said the deceased man brandished a weapon and pointed it at people after being kicked out of the bar. Brown said there was an “apparent exchange of gunfire” between the man and two Chicago police officers moments later, resulting in the man’s death. Our original report follows.
Chicago police officers shot and killed a man who allegedly brandished a gun during an altercation outside a North Side bar overnight. Officials have released few details about what happened.
Around 3 a.m., police responded to Christina’s Place, 3759 North Kedzie, after a 911 caller reported that a man pointed a gun at the doorman outside.
Officers encountered a man at the mouth of an alley in the 3700 block of North Troy, and the police fired shots. In radio transmissions, an officer told dispatchers that police fired shots, but he did not say that the man fired shots. The officer said the man still had a gun in his hand after being shot.
Audio of the police radio traffic, which the city of Chicago recently encrypted to prevent live monitoring by the public, was captured by the website CrimeIsDown.com. Listen:
The Cook County medical examiner’s office is investigating a death that occurred at 3757 North Troy at 3:08 a.m., which aligns with the time and location of the shooting. No name or age accompanied the medical examiner’s preliminary information.
Back at the bar, witnesses told police that a man got into a confrontation while he was outside smoking. Some witnesses said he made gang signs and talked about gang affiliations before police were called.
COPA, Chicago’s police oversight agency, is investigating the shooting. The Chicago Police Department has not issued any statement about the shooting as of 8:30 a.m.
Update: At 10:26 a.m., the Chicago Police Department issued the following statement:
Preliminary Statement on Police-Involved Shooting in the 3700 block of N. Troy
CHICAGO – On Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at approximately 3:08 a.m., Chicago Police officers assigned to the 17th (Albany Park) District responded to a call of a person with a gun in the 3700 block of N. Troy. While touring the location, a witness directed officers to an individual matching the description of the offender fleeing on foot into an alley. As officers pursued, the offender produced a firearm. Officers then discharged their weapons, striking the offender. Officers immediately called for an ambulance and the offender was pronounced on scene. A handgun was recovered on scene. The officers were transported to an area hospital for observation.
Currently, the specifics of this incident, including the comprehensive use of force investigation, are being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability with the full cooperation of the Chicago Police Department. The officers involved will be placed on routine administrative duties for a period of 30 days.
This matter remains under investigation and all further inquiries can be directed to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability at (312) 746-3609.
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