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Updated 1/24/11. Police shot a 17-year old male in the shoulder shortly after 8 p.m. on Jan. 21, after seeing the man fire shots at a moving vehicle, after a foot chase and after the man refused to comply with their demands, said Commander James A. Pickett of the Evanston Police Department in a prepared statement.
The young man was from Des Plaines, Commander Tom Guenther, public information officer of the Evanston Police Department, told the RoundTable.
Police officers were on routine patrol traveling northbound on Dodge Avenue just north of Church Street when they observed a person in front of 1715 Dodge firing several shots from a handgun in the direction of a vehicle that was traveling westbound on a nearby alley, said Cmdr. Pickett. Before the officers could exit their patrol vehicle, they slid on the ice and hit a fixed object; neither officer was hurt as a result of the collision, he said. The officers got out of their vehicle and pursued the young man who had fired the shots on foot in an alley.
When the officers encountered the young man, they commanded him to drop his weapon, and he refused to comply, said Cmdr. Guenther. “The officers were forced into a defensive posture,” he added.
“One of the officers discharged his service pistol, striking the subject in his left shoulder,” said Comdr. Pickett. “A handgun apparently used by the subject was located at the scene,” he added.
The young-man was reported to be in stable condition at Evanston North Shore Hospital, said Comdr. Pickett.
In accordance with Evanston Police Department protocol, the Integrity Unit of the Illinois State Police was summoned and arrived at the scene to conduct an investigation into the shooting. Cmdr. Guenther said it would be improper to elaborate further on the incident in light of the pending investigation.
Updated on Jan. 27.
On Jan. 25, charges were approved against the young man by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for two counts of Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Defacing Identification Marks on a Firearm, said Cmdr. Guenther.
The young man attended bond court on Jan. 26; bond was set at $750,000; and he was remanded into custody by the Cook County Sheriff. An initial preliminary hearing date is set for Feb. 7.
Investigators from the Illinois State Police Integrity Unit and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office are continuing to investigate the officer-involved shooting. The officers involved in the shooting have since been assigned to an administrative status, said Cmdr. Guenthr. The investigation and the officers’ status is normal protocol when an Evanston Police Officer is involved in a shooting incident, he said. The results of the officer-involved shooting investigation can normally take several weeks before it is concluded, he added.