Lakeview shooting: Licensed carrier kills would-be catalytic converter thief in shootout, CPD says

Chicago police said 25-year-old suspect died at hospital

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Would-be catalytic converter thief killed in Lakeview shootout: CPD
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A would-be catalytic converter thief was killed by a licensed gun owner in a Wolcott shootout in Lakeview Wednesday, Chicago police say.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police said a suspect was shot to death while trying to steal a catalytic convertor Wednesday night in Lakeview.

CPD said a 44-year-old man was sitting on the steps of his home in the 2900-block of North Wolcott Avenue about 11:15 p.m. when he heard a loud noise.

As he walked toward the curb to investigate, two men underneath a car crawled out and started shooting, according to CPD.

Police later said the two were trying to steal the car's catalytic converter.

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The victim, who police said is a licensed gun owner, fired back and shot one of the suspects in the neck, police said.

That 25-year-old suspect, identified as Darion Blackman, later died at Illinois Masonic Hospital. The other ran off.

A weapon was recovered at the scene, police said. The victim was not hurt in the incident.

Area Three detectives are investigating.