Cops: Man shot after chase, shotgun threat

March 23, 2012 4:19:12 AM PDT
Chicago police were involved in a shooting Thursday night at 105th and Green, sending one man to the hospital.

This is at least the third time this week a suspect has either pointed a gun or shot at an officer, police say. In this case, police say the suspect pointed a sawed-off shotgun, and the officer took action.

The shooting happened just after 7:30 p.m. in the Washington Heights neighborhood after police say they spotted two suspicious men near 105th and Green. A police union official says the shooting was justified.

"The car from the 22nd District sees two individuals walking down the street with t-shirts over their face, kind of unusual. Go to stop them, they take off running. Officers obviously get out of the car and start chasing them. As they're chasing them down the street, one of the individuals pulls out a sawed-off shotgun, turns towards the officers. At that point, the officers open fire defending their life, hit him," said Pat Camden, Fraternal Order Of Police.

The wounded man is expected to be OK. Police eventually also caught his alleged accomplice. They also say they recovered a handgun and a shotgun at the scene.