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15-Year-Old Pointed Gun at Cops Before He was Killed, Police Say

  Michael Westley, 15, was shot dead by police in Englewood Sunday night.
Michael Westley, 15, was shot dead by police in Englewood Sunday night.
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CHICAGO — A 15-year-old boy was killed by police in Englewood Sunday night after police said he pointed a gun at officers.

According to a statement from police, officers were in the area of 67th Street and Sangamon Avenue when they saw the teen running down the street.

Officers followed him into an alley, then chased him on foot into the 6600 block of South Sangamon, they said. There, the teen turned toward police and pointed a gun at them, police said.

One of the officers opened fire, hitting the teen and fatally wounding him, police said.

The teen, identified as Michael Westley, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:35 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Police said two guns were recovered on the scene, and no officers were injured.

Patrick Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police, said the gun Michael pointed at police was a .40-caliber handgun with an extended clip. He said police also recovered a revolver that was stashed in Michael's waistband.

Sunday night's shooting marked the third time in as many days that officers shot someone.

Earlier Sunday, officers killed Antwoyn Johnson in South Lawndale after he reached for a weapon during a traffic stop, officers said. And a teenager who allegedly threatened an officer with a wooden fence picket was shot in his arm and leg early Friday.