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Suspected armed robber shot during struggle with cop in West Englewood

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

An angry crowd began throwing bottles and rocks at police after an officer fatally shot a man suspected of taking part in a series of truck driver robberies on the South Side, authorities said.

The deadly shooting happened about 11:15 a.m. at 55th Street and Ashland Avenue, where police were searching for a group of people who allegedly broke into multiple trucks and robbed at least one driver at gunpoint, law enforcement officials said. A special bulletin was broadcasted on police radios for officers to be on the lookout for a gray sports-utility vehicle believed to be involved in the robberies, authorities said.

An officer in a squad car saw a gray SUV heading east on 55th Street and began chasing it, said Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police union. The driver of the SUV lost control and crashed into a street pole near Ashland and 55th, Camden said, adding that multiple people began running out of the SUV.

An officer stopped one man, who Camden claims fought the officer and "slammed the officer to the ground."

The Chicago Police Department's News Affairs office said in a statement that as the two fought, the officer saw what he thought was a firearm.

"In fear for both their lives, the officer fired, striking the offender," the statement said.

But law enforcement officials declined to say whether the man had a gun. Camden said the man pulled a "black object out of his pocket," and a spokesman for the city agency charged with investigating police shootings declined to comment.

"It's an on-going investigation," said Larry Miller, spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority.

The man was quickly taken to Saint Bernard Hospital, where he later died, authorities said. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office was withholding the man's name as authorities notified his family.

Two officers were injured and were taken to Mercy Hospital, Camden said.

Tension in the neighborhood began to flare up after the shooting. About 1:40 p.m., police received multiple requests for emergency assistance near the scene of the shooting, according to dispatch reports. A crowd of people began throwing debris at officers and several people were arrested, the police statement said. Charges were pending Saturday night.

The CTA's No. 55 Garfield and No. 9 Ashland buses were temporarily rerouted around the scene of the shooting as police investigated.

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