A Chicago police officer shot and killed a man she had been chasing after he jumped her in a dark alley, punched her and tried to grab her gun in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side this morning, officials said.
The chase began shortly before 2 a.m. when the officer and her partner tried to stop a car with four men inside, police said. The driver took off with the officers in pursuit, according to Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police.
The car slammed into a garage in the 7400 block of South Emerald Avenue, and the men inside jumped out and ran, Camden said.
An officer followed one of the men into a dark gangway, where the man jumped out and punched her in the face and grabbed for her gun, Camden said.
As the two struggled, the officer began to feel faint. Fearing she would lose her grip on her gun, the officer shot the man, Camden said. "Any cop in fear of losing their weapon would be in fear of their life," he said.
Police issued a statement Thursday evening saying the officer was defending herself and she suffered injuries to her face and hand.
The man was identified as Devon Ross, 27, of the 500 block of East 60th Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Last month, a Cook County judge acquitted Ross of two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, according to court records.
The officer was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park for treatment of minor injuries.
The incident was the second police-involved shooting this week.
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