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Chicago police shoot knife-wielding man who chased paramedics

The man jumped on a firetruck as paramedics responded to a 911 call of a stabbed person

By Peter Nickeas
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Chicago police shot and killed a knife-wielding man who chased paramedics responding to a 911 call for a person stabbed, according to authorities.

The shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of 71st Street and Racine Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood. The man shot by police died at 12:08 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

A spokesman for that office said the man had been identified as 62-year-old Michael Myers of the 11300 block of South Indiana Avenue.

Patrick Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police lodge that represents rank-and-file officers, said a beat car responding to the scene encountered the man after he had chased paramedics and jumped on and off a moving fire truck.

The officers had at least one window open in their vehicle at the time, Camden said. The man approached the officers on the passenger's side, Camden said.

While this was happening, officers yelled at the man to drop the knife.

When the officer opened fire, he shot through his open window while leaning over toward his partner's seat as far as he could, Camden said.

The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, police said. The officers weren't injured.

The Chicago Police Department confirmed the shooting but provided no other details.

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