07/17/2007

Chicago officer inadvertently shoots boy

The Chicago Sun-Times
 
CHICAGO A 14-year-old boy was wounded by a Chicago Police officer Monday in what is being called an "inadvertent" shooting during a foot chase.

This was the third shooting by Chicago Police in less than 36 hours.

About 5 p.m. Monday, two plainclothes officers responded to a report over the police radio of a man with a gun at 91st and Forest, said police spokesman Pat Camden

They saw a person fitting the description, and one of the officers began chasing the suspect on foot, through gangways and over fences, Camden said.

"The officer saw a gun in [the suspect's] waist while he was running, and [the suspect was] holding the gun so it doesn't fall out while he's running," Camden said.

The officer then lost sight of the teen, who "was hiding behind the bushes" near 91st and Prairie, Camden said. "As the officer came around the fence, the teen jumped up, . . . startling the officer, and he fires inadvertently," he said.

The teen was shot once, with the bullet traveling through an arm and lodging in his hip, Camden said. His wound is not believed to be life threatening.

The teen did not have a weapon on him when shot, according to Camden. Police were searching for a gun.

There were two police shootings Sunday. In one, three officers were wounded by a shotgun-wielding woman who was subsequently killed by police.

Copyright 2007 Chicago Sun-Times, Inc.

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