Evanston police officer shoots teen

January 22, 2011 9:35:28 AM PST
Illinois State Police are now investigating an officer-involved shooting that sent a teenager to the hospital.

According to a press release from Evanston police, officers were on routine patrol Friday shortly after 8:15 p.m. when they saw a 17-year-old male firing a handgun in the direction of a vehicle that was traveling westbound in the north alley of 1900 Church Street near Dodge.

Both Evanston police and state police responded, the release said.

Officers say they ran after the suspect, but the teen reportedly refused to listen to their orders to drop the gun. That's when police say one officer fired his service pistol and hit the teen in the shoulder.

Authorities say the 17-year-old was taken to Evanston North Shore hospital in stable condition. It was not known Saturday morning whether he had been released.

There also was no word on any pending charges.

The Integrity Unit of the Illinois State Police is investigating the incident, which is protocol whenever there is a police-involved shooting in Evanston.