After the bouncer of the late-night bar Christina’s Place reported a man pointing a gun at people outside, Supt. Added David Brown.
Following a fight near an Irving Park bar that resulted in gunfire, a man was shot and killed by police early on Wednesday, according to police Supt. Added David Brown.
According to Brown, a bouncer at a bar in the 3700 block of North Kedzie Avenue called police to report a man pointing a gun at people outside just after 3 a.m.
Brown stated that witnesses had informed investigators that the man had been inside the bar when he was asked to leave, returned, and pointed the gun outside. However, he noted that the information still “has to be verified.”
3759 N. Kedzie Ave., Christina’s Place, is open on weekdays until 4 a.m. The shot man had stopped by the bar for a drink, according to customers and a bouncer.
According to local news sources, when he went outside to smoke, he pulled a gun on the bouncer and appeared to become “agitated” while talking to people. This prompted the police to be called.
According to Brown, the bouncer gave the two responding officers, a 12-year veteran and a probationary officer, a description of the man and they followed him as he ran toward an alley in the 3700 block of North Troy Street.
Brown claimed that officers fatally shot the man after exchanges of gunfire.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the man’s identity was unknown.
Brown claimed that no officers were injured. Brown said that at the scene, police found a gun with an extended magazine.
Brown stated that while the Civilian Office of Police Accountability conducts an investigation, the two officers who were involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative duties for a period of thirty days.
Sal Mehmeti, the bar’s co-owner, told Block Club that he wasn’t at work when the shooting happened, but employees told him that the man the police killed wasn’t a regular there. He claimed that the surveillance system of his bar, which includes cameras both inside and outside the establishment, was used by the police to record the incident.
Behind New Apostolic Church, 3753 N. Troy St., is the alley where the shooting took place. The church also has at least one camera facing the alley. Police arrived earlier in the day to speak with staff, according to a church employee working Wednesday afternoon, but the employee declined further comment.
Ald. in a statement: Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez, 33rd, contacted her office to offer support services to neighbors who knew the deceased man or his family.
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