CHICAGO (STMW) — Police shot a male early Monday on the Northwest Side after he twice pointed a gun at officers while fleeing a traffic stop.

About 1:15 a.m., Grand Central Gang Enforcement officers were on a mission near the intersection of North Keeler and West Armitage avenues when they saw a suspect inside a vehicle point a handgun at a group of people before the vehicle drove off, according to a statement from police News Affairs.

Officers later stopped the same vehicle in the 2000 block of North Kostner Avenue before a male suspected exited the automobile and pointed a handgun at police, the statement said.

Officers chased the suspect on foot into a yard, where he again pointed the gun at police — prompting officers to discharge their weapons, striking the suspect, according to the statement.

The suspect, who did not fire shots at police, was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital, the statement said.

No officers were hurt and a handgun was recovered, the statement said.

Grand Central Area detectives and the Independent Police Review Authority — which investigates all police-involved shootings — are investigating.

(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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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