Carjacking Suspect Shot Dead By Police

CHICAGO (CBS) — A suspected carjacker is dead after a police-involved shooting in the city’s Far South Side.

Police were called to the Roseland neighborhood near 105th and State streets around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. A suspect had carjacked a pickup truck outside a fast food restaurant at the intersection, police said.

Chicago Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said police got involved in the incident when the carjacking victim flagged down a squad car and gave a description of the suspect and his pickup. About 10 minutes later, officers in another squad car saw the truck, he said.

“He was pretty sure it was the wanted vehicle, so he calls it in,’’ Camden said of the officer who spotted the pickup.

The officer asked for more cars, but the pickup “took off” so the officers began a chase.

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The short pursuit ended at 105th Street and Lafayette Avenue when the pickup plowed into a tree and spun out of control, Camden said. Its sole occupant got out and started running, he said.

“Officers chased him through the alley, through a gangway, actually tackled the offender. He got up and started running again, reaching for his side,” Camden said. “At that point, the officer, in fear of his life, fired a shot and hit the offender.”

The 18-year-old male suspect, who lived in the 10500 block of South Lafayette Avenue, was pronounced dead at 1:12 a.m. at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. His identity has not been released.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Leroy Goldberg

    Wonderful, wonderful Police work. The Chicago Police Department is the best. Once again good triumphs over evil. Another criminal element has been extinguished and the City of Chicago streets are that much safer. Another one for the Good Guys.

  • Pothead


  • Way to go!

    One less animal roaming the streets. Thousands more to go.

  • Content

    Well that’s one less punk trying to rob me in the north side.

  • Oh lawdy lawdy

    His mom will be on the news crying fowl and how her son was a good church going boy. Oh lawdy lawdy.

  • Tyreese

    This is a perfect example of a crime that could easily been stopped if the victim had a concealed pistol. As soon as the homie got in the drivers seat, one shot behind the left ear would have ended it right there. The only good homie, is a dead homie !!

  • What!?!

    This was a simple case of pest control, the police exterminated a vermin, and the city of Chicago is now that much safer because of it. Thanks to the Chicago Police officers who removed this vermin from our streets forever.

  • tunafish charlie

    @TYREESE…what’s your car or truck license # ?
    @OH LAWDY…you say that PRETTY DARN GOOD….here’s one for ya….
    YOU SHO’ YALL”AIN’T GOT NO BLACK BLOOD IN YALL”?…maybe yo’ MAMA and OBAMA been sneaking around the alley between the dumpster again..LOl….just kidding….NOT !

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