Chicago Police Shoot, Kill Man in East Hazel Crest

By Erica Demarest on March 20, 2013 7:14am 

  Ryan Rogers, 27, was shot by Chicago police conducting surveillance in East Hazel Crest Tuesday night.
Ryan Rogers, 27, was shot by Chicago police conducting surveillance in East Hazel Crest Tuesday night.
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CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer fatally shot a man in East Hazel Crest Tuesday night after the man sped his car toward police, authorities said.

About 9:45 p.m., Chicago detectives conducting surveillance in the 1900 block of West 171st Street in south suburban East Hazel Crest approached a man and woman in a vehicle, police said.

The man, later identified as Ryan Rogers, 27, quickly accelerated his car toward one of the officers, striking a police vehicle in the process, authorities said.

The officer then fired his gun, hitting Rogers, who managed to drive a short distance before being caught by police.

Rogers was taken to Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, where he was pronounced dead at 10:25 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

No other injuries were reported.

Wednesday morning, the East Hazel Crest Police Department said Chicago Police are handling the investigation.

Chicago police did not say what the officers were investigating outside of the city limits. But a police source said the officers were doing surveillance in East Hazel Crest for an investigation of a string of robberies that occurred in Chicago.

The officers identified themselves as Chicago police officers before firing shots, the source said.

This marks the third time Chicago police officers have fatally shot someone in the last week.

On March 14, police shot and killed John Harris, 58, in an East Garfield Park apartment. Harris pointed a gun at officers responding to a disturbance call, police said. Officers opened fire, killing Harris.

And on Saturday, police fatally shot Esau Castellanos-Bernal, 26, in Albany Park after he opened fire on officers investigating his erratic driving, police said.

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