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US Officials: Chaotic scene erupts with angry crowd after fatal police shooting in South Shore

05:45  15 july  2018
05:45  15 july  2018 Source:   chicagotribune.com

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A man was fatally shot by police Saturday evening in the South Shore neighborhood, the Fire Department said. A fatal shooting by Chicago police Saturday afternoon fueled a violent clash between officers and a large crowd of onlookers who threw bottles and rocks as cops swung back

CHICAGO (AP) — An angry crowd shouted and threw bottles at Chicago police after an officer fatally shot a man on the city's South Side Saturday Chicago police patrol chief Fred Waller told a news conference that the man was shot in the South Shore neighborhood after police officers on foot

Police investigate the scene of a shooting on May 27, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago police have added more than 1,000 officers to the streets over the Memorial Day weekend, hoping to put a dent in crime, during what is typically one of the more violent weekends of the year. In 2016, 6 people were killed and another 65 were wounded by gun violence over the Memorial Day weekend.© Scott Olson/Getty Images Police investigate the scene of a shooting on May 27, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago police have added more than 1,000 officers to the streets over the Memorial Day weekend, hoping to put a dent in crime, during what is typically one of the more violent weekends of the year. In 2016, 6 people were killed and another 65 were wounded by gun violence over the Memorial Day weekend.

An large crowd chanting "murderers" and some hurling bottles pushed back against Chicago police guarding the scene where a man was fatally shot by officers Saturday evening in the South Shore neighborhood.

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After he broke free from the officers, police said, he "appeared to be reaching for a weapon," so they shot him. A Chicago Police Department spokesman tweeted video from a body-worn camera of an officer involved The shooting sparked a clash between angry residents and baton-wielding officers.

Paramedics responded to the 7100 block of South Chappel Avenue shortly after 5:30 p.m. and took the victim, an adult male, to Jackson Park Hospital, where he will be pronounced dead, said Larry Merritt, a fire department spokesman.

No police officers were injured, said head police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, who used 2098 E. 71st St. as the address of the shooting.

The incident began when patrol officers on foot saw a man exhibiting characteristics of an armed person.

"He looked like he may have something on him," Guglielmi said. "They go to question him and at that point a confrontation ensues and he is shot."

The man, who was armed, was taken to an area hospital where he died, Guglielmi said.

About 7:30 p.m., a chaotic scene unfolded as more than 100 people cordoned off behind a police tape began chanting: "Murderers!" as they pushed, flipped police off, and threw bottles. As officers dealt with the crowd, pushing back, some of them pulled out their batons, and held them horizontally.

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One man suspected of throwing bottles was arrested, Guglielmi said.

"There were some members of the community who were upset," Guglielmi said. "This is a tragic situation, where an individual lost his life."

Officers on the scene began working with the crowd, many of whom had "a false sense of what occurred," Guglielmi said. "There was a lot of bad information out there. We have cops out there, community affairs officers, trying to give them as much information as we can."

As of 8:40 p.m. the crowd remained.

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Two people were wounded about 6:20 p.m. in the 6800 block of South East End Avenue, also in the South Shore neighborhood, police said.

One male was shot in the back and the other in the groin area, police said.

Check back for details.

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