Harvey Man Shot And Killed By Cop He Tried To Run Over

GLENWOOD, Ill. (CBS) — A Glenwood police officer shot and killed a 39-year-old man who tried to run him down early Friday morning in nearby south suburban Harvey.

At about 2:50 a.m. Friday, Chicago Heights police called Glenwood police for assistance in the pursuit of a vehicle, Glenwood police Chief Demitrous Cook said.

“It was coming through our town,’’ he said, so Glenwood officers joined the pursuit.

When the vehicle reached the 15900 block of South Loomis in Harvey, the driver tried to strike a Glenwood police officer with the car, Cook said.

Fearing for his life, the officer shot the suspect with his service weapon, the chief said.

The suspect, identified as Mateo Meza-Cortez, of 296 E. 157th St. in Harvey, was pronounced dead at 3:42 a.m. at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy determined he died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit is investigating the shooting.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

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  • magicwolflady

    But they’re only here to do the jobs that the lazy Americans won’t do! Sarcasm intended!!!!

  • Riesha Schmidt-Arient

    Are you serious I knew Mateo personality he was a caring and giving person something isn’t right who are we or anyone else to judge only GOD can judge ……justice how is that justice I hope nothing bad ever happens to anyone you care about that someone who doesn’t know the whole situation would have any right to comment actually none of us do cause we will never know the whole truth

  • Lety Q

    I’m not sure if this is the same Mateo that I knew couple years ago, but his first and last name matches my friend’s husband ‘s name, who is still married to my friend he abandoned his wife in Salinas CA and moved to Chicago. He was a controllable and abusive husband .

    • esmeralda

      I’m actually related to mateo, it is very sad how people don’t know the situation and how a so called Lety Q can write such a coward comment but never feel the pain and anguish so many people are feeling in ameca, mx. He is a lost soul and who he was or is shouldnt be judge by a person who has more faults, including judging someone you dont know, but its a small world and what comes around goes around. Did you know he didint have a job in the 1st couple of months he came here to the US he got kicked out??? he didin’t bail on his wife she bailed on the marriage. Plus a single mother with multiple kids recieving welfare knew she was better off without him because he had no money. (doesnt that say something about the friends you have.) Anyways It’s a tragic story of an illegal immigrant who tried to make a living but was stopped and if you werent so ignorant it said he TRIED hitting an officer, but illinois state better open this case and investigate it because i believe some of the officers might of slipped on their procedure to arrest him. Mateo meza-cortez was an officer in mexico who knew the risks involving arrest he took his chance and these are the concequences so can we atleast be respectful in the moment of grieving.

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