CHICAGO — A 40-year-old man is in critical condition this morning after he was shot during a struggle with police in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the city's south side.
Officers from the Community Safety Team were reportedly responding to a shotspotter alert about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 5300 block of S. May Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. The responding officers approached a group to investigate and during that investigation a struggle broke out and, during that struggle, an officer's weapon was discharged, police added.
Police said the man they were struggling with was armed and that they recovered a weapon at the scene.
Suspect firearm recovered on scene. pic.twitter.com/3qugB9rc6b— Tom Ahern (@TomAhernCPD) August 12, 2022
The situation became even more tense as people in the group allegedly became hostile as the police attempted to secure the scene. There were reports that some individuals began to throw rocks at the police.
SWAT was called in and, when they arrived, the situation reportedly calmed down.
The man who was shot has not yet been identified but he is reportedly 40-years-old. He was taken to University of Chicago Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.
While we have not been able to confirm the extent of the man's injury, he is believed to have been shot in the head.
As with all officer involved shootings in Chicago, this shooting will be investigated by Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability.
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