A man was shot to death by a Chicago Police officer after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer during a foot chase Saturday morning in the South Side Woodlawn neighborhood.
Two officers in a squad car saw a male suspect perform a "hand-to-hand" drug exchange about 8:45 a.m. in the 6200 block of South Eberhart Avenue, according to a statement from Chicago Police.
When the officers exited their vehicle to approach the suspect, the male ran away, police said. A foot pursuit then ensued.
One officer, dressed in civilian clothing, chased the suspect through a gangway to the 6200 block of South Rhodes Avenue, police said.
The officer identified himself as Chicago Police and repeatedly ordered the armed suspect, who was holding a handgun in his right hand, to drop his weapon, police said.
But instead the man pointed his gun at the officer, prompting the officer to shoot him, police said. No Chicago Police officers were injured in the incident.
Police said a Glock semi-automatic handgun, with a laser sight and extended high-capacity magazine was recovered at the scene.
The man, who is thought to be in his late teens or early 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
While family members said all the man did was run from police, authorities defended the officer's actions.
"The offender put him in a defensive position, and the officer had no choice but to shoot," Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said
Family members identified the dead man as 20-year-old Raason Shaw.
His family said he was wanted on a warrant for missing a court appearance on a misdemeanor criminal trespass charge.
"They shot my brother. He was going to the family house and they shot him," Sherrell Harris said standing outside in the cold. "They shot to kill."
Raekwon Harris, Shaw's cousin, said Shaw saw police and ran, and was first Tasered by police. He said an officer then took out a gun and let off several shots.
"I pulled into the alley and the officer was in the backyard standing over him with his gun down. He [Shaw] was face down. So when I got there he said, ‘Get back. Get back. I will shoot.' I'm like, ‘You gonna shoot? You just shot him. You gonna shoot somebody else?'"
Raekwon Harris said his cousin was shot in the back.
"He had a warrant out but it ain't worth getting shot for," Raekwon Harris said. "That don't give them no right to shoot him."
Family members said Shaw worked in construction. Shaw's grandmother cried near 63rd and Rhodes screaming, "I just want to see my baby."
Police blocked off 63rd Street for at least five blocks as hundreds stood on the street for nearly three hours, demanding answers.
At least two dozen officers lined the street. Police dispersed the crowd around noon.
A police forensic unit van remained in the crime scene alley at noon.
Area Central detectives and the Independent Police Review Authority are investigating.
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