Carjacking suspect critically injured during police shooting in Chicago’s South Austin neighborhood – Chicago Tribune

A man who authorities believe was involved in a carjacking was shot and critically injured while running from Chicago police officers in south Austin on Wednesday night, according to Chicago police.

Officers were trying to “stop a stolen vehicle wanted in connection with a carjacking from a neighboring suburb” in the 800 block of North Cicero Avenue around 10:15 p.m., according to a Chicago police statement.

“As officers approached the vehicle,” the statement said, a man ran down the block, “where an officer discharged his weapon,” wounding the man, whose age and city of residence were not released. Officers “provided immediate assistance” to the man, who was taken to an area hospital where he is listed in critical condition, according to police.

No police officers were injured.

Police did not say if the man who was shot was armed, if a gun was recovered on or near him, or if the man did anything to make officers fear for their lives, but instead referred the Tribune to the statement. the police, which did not include that information.

Authorities said at least one other suspected car thief left in the “wanted vehicle,” which was later found, unoccupied, in the 3800 block of West Monroe Street in the Loop. No information was provided on the type of vehicle, in which suburb it was stolen or when, nor was a physical description provided of the second person who fled. The statement seemed to indicate that the second person had not been located.

Two police officers were taken to a hospital “for observation” and were listed in fair condition, according to the statement.

The police shooting is being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. As is routine, the officer(s) involved will be assigned to administrative duties for 30 days.

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