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McCarthy: Man Killed by Cops Was Holding Flashlight

By Geoff Ziezulewicz | December 15, 2012 2:11pm | Updated on December 17, 2012 8:27am

BACK OF THE YARDS — Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said an officer shot and killed a man in Englewood as he struggled with cops after a high-speed chase through the neighborhood.

Police said the man was shot about 11:15 a.m. Saturday after attempting to flee the scene of a robbery when the silver SUV he was in lost control near the intersection of West Garfield Boulevard and South Ashland Avenue. Five offenders "piled out" of the car, and four managed to run away, McCarthy said.

Police "may have struck" the man who was killed, identified by his mother and the Cook County medical examiner's office as Jamaal Moore, 23, with a police vehicle, McCarthy said. Witnesses at the scene said a police vehicle ran over Moore. The medical examiner's office said Moore, of the 5600 block of South Shields Avenue, was pronounced dead at 12:13 p.m. at St. Bernard's Hospital, 326 W. 64th St.

McCarthy said Moore and a police officer fought. Moore threw the officer to the ground twice, police said.

"The officer was thrown around like a rag doll," McCarthy said at an unrelated press conference. The officer, a male, warned a female officer he thought Moore had a gun, McCarthy said. Moore went after her and the female officer fired twice, killing Moore, police said.

McCarthy said Moore, who had a criminal history, was carrying a flashlight. The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the incident.

Both officers were taken to an area hospital; police had no information on their conditions.

After the incident, an angry crowd gathered at the scene near West Garfield Boulevard and Ashland Avenue. Dozens of officers were dispatched to the area. McCarthy said nine people were arrested in the fracas, where several people threw rocks and bottles at police.

(Watch video of the incident below)

A distraught man who said Moore was his brother stood in the middle of the melee.

Delshaun Woulard, 29, was walking to gas station when she said she saw the silver SUV come barreling west on Garfield Boulevard. Woulard said the man and a police officer began struggling, and another officer shot the man.

Woulard said many people witnessed the incident, and the situation escalated quickly.

"They were wrong the way they killed him," she said.

Contributing: Darryl Holliday, Emily Morris, Alex Parker