A man who allegedly tried to run over a Chicago police officer as he was attempting to flee from police in a West Side alley Saturday morning was critically wounded when the officer, hanging onto the hood of the van, shot him as the man tried to get away.
About 11:30 a.m., four Harrison District tactical unit officers were on patrol in the area of the 3900 block of West Chicago Avenue, near Springfield Avenue, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.
The corner of Chicago and Springfield is “a known narcotics corner,” Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said.
The officers saw a man on the corner, who was with several others, conduct a “hand-to-hand narcotics exchange” narcotics exchange with someone, according to a statement from the police department.
The suspect looked in the direction of the officers and fled on foot to a vacant lot adjacent to the corner, Mirabelli said. The officers got out of their car and ran toward him, ordering him to stop.
He did not stop, but instead ran into a nearby alley, pursued by the officers, and jumped into a van, locking its doors.
With the officers outside the van telling him to get out, the man started shifting the van back and forth, in an attempt to hit the officers, Mirabelli said.
The officers “continually” told the man to stop the van and get out. He would not stop, and instead put the van into drive, trying to pin one of the officers between a squad car that had parked in the alley to block his exit, and the front bumper of the van, according to the statement from police.
The officer had nowhere to go without getting hit by the van, so he jumped up, onto the front of the van, and fired three shots into the van, striking the driver, Camden said.
The driver, a 23-year-old man, according to police, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition, according to the statement form police.
The officer was taken to the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, with cuts and bruises, Mirabellli said.
Police recovered narcotics from the van, Mirabelli said. Camden said these drugs were 10 rocks or bags of cocaine.
As a result of the police investigation, the CTA’s No. 66 Chicago buses were temporarily rerouted in both directions around the scene, according to a CTA rider alert.
The Independent Police Review Authority., which investigates all police-involved shootings, is investigating.