Po­lice: Man wounded in shootout with cops

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY JER­MAINE NOLEN, SAM KELLY AND TOM SCHUBA Jer­maine Nolen and Sam Kelly are CST Wire Re­porters. Tom Schuba is a Sun-Times Staff Re­porter.

A man was shot dur­ing an ex­change of gun­fire with Chicago po­lice Sun­day in En­gle­wood on the South Side, au­thor­i­ties said.

About 2:30 p.m., of­fi­cers re­sponded to a call of a per­son with a gun in an al­ley near the 5700 block of South Racine and saw a man match­ing the de­scrip­tion take off on foot, Deputy Chief Yolanda Tal­ley told re­porters. Dur­ing an en­su­ing chase, the man, thought to be in his late teens or early 20s, al­legedly turned to the of­fi­cers and fired shots.

Of­fi­cers then re­turned fire and struck the sus­pect, who was taken to the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago Med­i­cal Cen­ter in an un­known con­di­tion, Tal­ley said. He re­mains in po­lice cus­tody.

A gun was re­cov­ered at the scene, ac­cord­ing to Tal­ley.

No of­fi­cers were in­jured in the shoot­ing, though Tal­ley said three were be­ing eval­u­ated at a hos­pi­tal. The shoot­ing wasn’t cap­tured on po­lice body cam­eras, she said.

About an hour af­ter the shootout, neigh­bors en­gaged in a stand­off with of­fi­cers that Tal­ley de­scribed as “very hos­tile.”

“Emo­tions were run­ning high. They were re­spond­ing to mis­in­for­ma­tion,” Tal­ley said.

Dur­ing the in­ci­dent, one of­fi­cer was maced and an­other suf­fered a shoul­der in­jury, Tal­ley said. The first of­fi­cer was taken to Christ Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Oak Lawn, and the other was treated at the scene. A brick was also lobbed through the window of a po­lice ve­hi­cle, she said.

Two peo­ple were ar­rested in the af­ter­math of the con­fronta­tion, Tal­ley said.

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