Chicago police officer fatally shoots armed suspect during Portage Park chase, CPD says

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CHICAGO (WLS) -- During a police chase in Chicago's Northwest Side Portage Park neighborhood early Wednesday morning, an armed suspect was fatally shot, CPD officials said.

CPD officers were chasing a suspect on foot just before 12:20 a.m. in the 3500-block of North Laramie Avenue when the individual pulled out a gun, Chicago police said in a news release later Wednesday.

This led to a "confrontation with police" in the 5200-block of West Eddy Street. One officer shot the suspect.

The suspect was shot in the leg and needed a tourniquet and CPR on the scene, officials said. The individual was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

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Just before 5:45 a.m., CPD spokesman Tom Ahern tweeted the suspect had died. He was later identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office as Anthony Alvarez, 22. His loved ones gathered for a vigil for him Thursday night.

Anthony Alvarez, 22.



No police officers were injured, CPD later said.

There was a large amount of police activity in the area just after 12:45 a.m.

A weapon was also recovered on the scene, Ahern said in a tweet at 2:17 a.m.


One neighbor said he heard police shouting at a man to stop, then another neighbor said his family heard at least three shots.

"They say they heard the shooting, they heard the yelling going on and then the police cars," neighbor Michael Strabac said.

Those who live in the area said they've been experiencing more crime over the past two years and they're relieved no one else was hurt.

"There's children in all of these houses, and all you have to have is a bullet come through the window or come in through the wall," Strabac said.

Investigators continued to canvas the neighborhood for witnesses and surveillance video later Wednesday, as the shooting could have been captured by a camera mounted on a porch in front of the scene.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown has recently expressed concern about the number of officers coming under fire.

Just this past Monday, Chicago police were involved in what they called an "armed confrontation" with a suspect in Little Village.

In that case, the suspect was also killed.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability was on the scene in Portage Park Wednesday, conducting an investigation.

The "Officer(s) involved" in Wednesday morning's fatal shooting will be placed on routine administrative duties for 30 days.

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