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Police Shoot, Kill Man Who Pointed Gun At Officers On West Side

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Chicago police investigate after an officer shot and killed a man who allegedly pointed a gun at police in an apartment in the 200 block of North Homan Avenue on March 14, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago police investigate after an officer shot and killed a man who allegedly pointed a gun at police in an apartment in the 200 block of North Homan Avenue on March 14, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – A Chicago police officer shot and killed a man who allegedly pointed a gun at police in the East Garfield Park neighborhood early Thursday morning.

CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, around 2:20 a.m., police were responding to a domestic disturbance at an apartment building at 218 N. Homan Av. When officers arrived, a woman told them there was a man inside an apartment, holding a gun.

Four officers approached the man, who refused to drop the weapon, according to police. Instead, he pointed the gun at the officers, and an officer shot him.

“As they walk into the apartment, there’s a male standing there with a gun in his hand. He raises the gun, putting the officer in fear of his life,” said Chicago Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden.

The man, identified as 58-year-old John Harris, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:44 a.m.

No one else was injured.

Police said Harris’ gun was recovered from the apartment.

The Independent Police Review Authority was investigating the shooting.

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