COPA investigates shooting involving police officer on South Side

COPA investigates shooting involving police officer on South Side

CHICAGO — Investigators with Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) are looking into a shooting involving a police officer that unfolded on the city’s South Side on Saturday afternoon.

According to COPA investigators, the shooting unfolded in the 8000 block of South Western Avenue. COPA announced the investigation in a post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, at around 4:15 p.m.

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Chicago police issued a statement early Sunday morning confirming the officer-involved shooting took place.

According to police, just before 3:15 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to multiple gunshot detection alerts and a call of shots fired at a building in the 8000 block of South Western Avenue, in the Ashburn neighborhood.

Police say upon the rear second-floor landing, an officer spotted a male with a firearm. According to police, the officer discharged their weapon, striking the offender.

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Then, police say, the offender barricaded himself inside an apartment, initiating a SWAT incident. The offender was taken into custody at approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday without further incident, according to police.

Police say the offender was taken to an area hospital in fair condition, and a weapon was recovered on the scene. No officers were injured during the incident.

The details of the incident, including a comprehensive use-of-force investigation, are being investigated by COPA, with the full cooperation of CPD, according to police. The officer(s) involved will be placed on administrative leave for up to 30 days.

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Investigators ask anyone with information related to the incident to call COPA at 312-746-3609 or visit the COPA website to share details.

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