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Police Shoot Man As He Reaches For 'Chrome Object'

By  Emily Morris and Kyla Gardner | May 1, 2013 7:17am 

 Police shot a man in South Chicago Tuesday night.
Police shot a man in South Chicago Tuesday night.
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CHICAGO — Cops shot a man on the Southeast Side Tuesday night after he repeatedly reached for a "chrome object," police said in a statement.

Officers in a car saw a group of men standing in the 8900 block of South Burley Avenue in South Chicago about 9:10 p.m., and one of the men appeared to have a chrome object in his waistband, according to the statement.

The officers got out of the car, and the man with the object ran away, police said. As cops chased him, the suspect allegedly reached for the chrome object, and turned toward the officers, said Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden.

One of the officer's feared for his partner's life, and fired his weapon at the suspect, Camden said.

But the man continued to run, police said, and yet again he reached for the chrome object while in 8900 block of South Brandon Avenue.

So the officer fired again and struck the man, police said.

The man was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the statement.

A gun was not recovered from the scene Tuesday evening, Camden said.

"There was a large crowd on the scene afterwards," Camden said. "It may have been picked up there. It may have been tossed over the fence. I don’t know what happened to it. The investigation is continuing."

The shooting came during a violent night in the city, where 3 people were killed and at least 17 wounded in shootings.