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'Aggravated Stupidity:' Police Shoot Man Who Brandished Shotgun at Cops

By Alex Parker | April 28, 2013 10:48am | Updated on April 28, 2013 11:16am
 Police shot a man Sunday after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at officers. File photo.
Police shot a man Sunday after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at officers. File photo.
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CHICAGO — Police shot a man during a traffic stop Sunday morning after he allegedly brandished a shotgun.

Police responding to gunshots near the 3600 block of West Franklin Boulevard at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning were told by a witness a man pointed a "large caliber gun" at her. She identified a vehicle that the man was driving, and police pulled it over.

Offficers told the driver to show his hands, said Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 spokesman Patrick Camden.

"The officers approached the car with guns drawn, one on each side," Camden said.

In what Camden calls an act of "aggravated stupidity," the driver then pointed a sawed-off shotgun at the officer standing by the car's passenger door.

The officer fired his weapon twice at the man, Camden said.

The driver then sped away, trying to elude police, and throwing the shotgun out of the car in the 900 block of North Central Park Avenue, police said.

The driver soon crashed the car near Potomac Street and North Central Park Avenue. He got out of his car and was taken into custody with his hands up, Camden said.

The driver was taken to the police station at 3151 W. Harrison St. when officers realized he was shot in the arm, Camden said.

The man was transported to John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County, police said. They recovered the shotgun and found drugs on the man.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the incident, as it does with all police-involved shootings.