01/23/2007

Chicago man shot after pulling gun in police station

By Annie Sweeney
The Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Police shot a man in the arm Monday afternoon after he walked into a police station and pointed a gun at officers, authorities said.

The man, whose name was not released, walked into the Grand Crossing station, 7040 S. Cottage Grove, about 4:30 p.m., approached an officer who was on the phone and said, 'Can I have a word with you?' '' District Cmdr. John Franklin said. The officer responded by telling him yes, but to wait until he was off the phone, Franklin said.

'HE DIDN'T SAY A WORD'

After the officer hung up -- within a couple of minutes -- he turned to the man and asked what he wanted. The man reached into his pants pocket and pulled out a gun, according to Franklin.

"He didn't say a word, he just pulled out his weapon,'' Franklin said.

An officer behind the desk fired his weapon at the man after he refused to drop the weapon, which was cocked, Franklin said. He did not know whether it was loaded.

The man was shot in the upper left arm and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Franklin had been at the desk just seconds before the man walked into the station. He heard the shooting from his office. "I heard, 'Gun, gun! He's got a gun,' '' he said. "I heard pow, pow, pow. And I could see a cloud of gun powder.''

Franklin said one of the bullets shattered his window, and he used a side door to get back to the front desk.

At that point the man was on the ground. He appeared upset, but never indicated about what, Franklin said.

Franklin said there were civilians in the station at the time, but none was in the line of fire. Charges were pending.

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