CPD employee shot man who tried to rob him on West Side, police say

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A civilian police employee was involved in a shooting on the West Side Monday morning (WLS)

A civilian Chicago Police Department employee shot a man who tried to rob him at gunpoint a few blocks from Douglas Park on the city's West Side, police said.

Police said the 57-year-old man was trying to get on his motorcycle around 6 a.m. Monday when two male suspects, a 31-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, walked up to him and announced a robbery near West 13th Street and South Sawyer Avenue.

The older suspect pointed a gun at the CPD employee while the younger suspect went through his pockets, police said. When the teen tried to take his licensed concealed weapon, the victim shot man in the neck.

Police said the 17-year-old boy got into a silver van and drove away. He was caught a short distance from the scene. Police said a weapon was recovered.

Toya McIntosh said she heard what sounded like a chase moments before she heard shots.

"You heard screeching from wheels and then you heard shots, boom, boom, boom, then you heard more screeching or whatever and then you heard people screaming so like people came running out," McIntosh.

The 31-year-old man was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition, police said. No one else was hurt.

Neighbors say the victim is a quiet guy who likes to ride his three wheeler bike.

"He don't bother nobody," McIntosh said. "He minds his business. When he gets off his bike he covers it up and he goes in you don't see him. You see him coming and going...He was an older guy but he looked younger so they didn't know who he was they probably just thinking dude is getting money and we want some of it and they didn't know that he was prepared."

Both suspects are in custody. Charges are pending. Area Central detectives are handling the investigation and the Independent Police Review Authority responded to the scene, police said.
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