UPDATED: 11/03/10 6:37 a.m.
CHICAGO (STMW) – A man fatally shot by police after allegedly dragging an officer with his vehicle for nearly a block Tuesday afternoon on the South Side has been identified.
The man shot was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Joshua Madison, 21, of the 6300 block of S. Hamilton Ave. Madison was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.Police said Madison died at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
At 1 p.m., officers from the Gang Enforcement Unit tried to stop a vehicle involved in a drug transaction in the 2400 block of West 59th Street, a police statement said. As officers came up to the vehicle on foot and announced their office, the offender tried to flee.
One officer became “lodged by the man’s vehicle” and was dragged for nearly a block, the statement said. The driver disregarded repeated commands to stop the vehicle and an officer, “in fear of his life,” fired his weapon, fatally wounding the man.
The officer who was dragged by the vehicle sustained serious but non-life- threatening injures, the statement said. Fire Media Affairs said the officer suffered a minor shoulder injury and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital.
Police said drugs were recovered at the scene and the neighborhood is known for drug activity.
Wentworth Area detectives and the Independent Police Review Authority are investigating.
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