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Man Injured In Second Police-Involved Shooting This Week

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CHICAGO (STMW) — A man was shot by police Thursday night in the Northwest Side Hermosa neighborhood, the second police-involved shooting in a week.

The Independent Police Review Authority was notified of the shooting just before 9 p.m. in the 200 block of North Keystone Avenue, IPRA spokesman Mark Smith said.

The man was struck by a round fired by a Chicago Police officer but did not suffer life threatening injuries, Smith said.

At about 8:30 p.m., Grand Central District officers responded to a call of shots fired in an alley and found an unoccupied vehicle with the motor running, a police statement said. Shell casings were also on the ground.

A service door to a nearby garage was open and a man was crouching inside, the statement said. Police entered and announced his office at which time a man lunged suddenly at the officer while holding a shiny, metallic object in his hands.

The officer, placed in “fear of his life,” discharged his weapon and shot the man. The man was taken into custody and taken to an area hospital, the statement said.

Narcotics were recovered from the man.

It’s the second police-involved shooting in a week. On Wednesday, Reginald Hardaman, 56, was shot dead by police in the River North neighborhood after taking out a gun in a squad car and shooting an officer. The officers exited the vehicle and returned fire.

The police officers were taken to Northwestern Hospital. One officer was shot, while the other suffered a hand injury.

Police described Hardaman as an aggressive panhandler.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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