MAN SHOT BY SHER­IFF’S PO­LICE ON S.W. SIDE

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY SAM KELLY AND EM­MANUEL CAMARILLO CST Wire Re­porters

A man was shot by Cook County sher­iff’s po­lice Wed­nes­day near LeClaire Courts on the Southwest Side.

The shoot­ing hap­pened af­ter a traf­fic stop about 7:20 p.m. in the 4600 block of South Laramie Av­enue, the Cook County sher­iff’s of­fice said in a state­ment.

The man was struck twice and taken to Mount Si­nai Hospi­tal in good con­di­tion, the sher­iff ’s of­fice said. No of­fi­cers were in­jured.

Mau­rice Fos­ter said he was at a park with his youngest son when he got a call from his daugh­ter say­ing his first­born, 27-year-old Durel Fos­ter, had been shot.

Of­fi­cers on the scene were tight-lipped, Mau­rice Fos­ter said, but Durel’s friends, who were with Durel be­fore the shoot­ing, told him his son was be­ing “ha­rassed” by a sher­iff’s deputy who rec­og­nized him at a car wash.

That deputy fol­lowed Durel Fos­ter home from the car wash near 47th Street and Cen­tral Av­enue, Mau­rice Fos­ter said. When Durel Fos­ter de­clined to stop his car for the of­fi­cer and got out by his grand­mother’s house in the 4600 block of South Laramie Av­enue, the of­fi­cer shot him.

Mau­rice Fos­ter said his son was un­armed. He said his son is “an ex­cel­lent basketball player, he’s smart, he’s in­tel­li­gent, he’s re­spect­ful, and he’s good to his fam­ily.”

“Po­lice stopped him be­cause of the way he looked, he’s a young Black man, he had nice jew­elry on, nice clothes,” Mau­rice Fos­ter said. “They didn’t even tell me when they put him in the am­bu­lance, he was al­ready shot twice and tased, he had the hand­cuffs on ... and they put him in the am­bu­lance for 10 min­utes.”

The sher­iff ’s of­fice did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to the al­le­ga­tions. Chicago po­lice are han­dling the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

TYLER LARIV­IERE/SUN-TIMES

Chicago po­lice and Cook County sher­iff’s of­fi­cers in­ves­ti­gate in the 4600 block of South Laramie on Wed­nes­day night.

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