Chicago Police Shoot Man 'Exhibiting Characteristics Of An Armed Person'

Crowd gathers after man fatally shot by Chicago police

Protesters shouted insults at the police and threw some bottles at them.

Officers on foot tried to question the man when the confrontation developed and he was shot, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

In a late-night press conference outside CPD headquarters, Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said the man had a bulge near his waistband and "became combative". Police say a weapon and several ammo mags were found on him. The man was pronounced dead at Jackson Park Hospital. Police said only one officer opened fire, striking the man. A weapon was recovered at the scene, he said.

Nearly immediately after the shooting, a crowd of onlookers and activists descended on the scene.

Chief Waller told reporters that the crowd became combative, throwing bottles and jumping on top of a squad auto. Issa reported that the fighting started after police officers moved their defense line forward.

"It got a little bit out of hand".

Gloria Rainge, 41, says she was leaving a Walgreens when she noticed a cop telling the man to stop selling cigarettes. At least one officer shot back, but no one was hit, police said. The Chicago Sun-Times said a few protesters were taken away by police.

Protesters were seen approaching and shouting at the police officer cordon.

The officers involved have been reassigned to administrative duties for thirty days while the case is investigated.

There has been a string of USA police killings of black men that have sparked nationwide protests, but the name, age and race of the man shot were not released by police early Sunday (local time).

The incident happened shortly after 9:30 p.m. Friday in the 7900 block of South Essex Avenue, according to the Chicago Police Department. Footage taken by local reporters show police rushing civilians with batons and shoving journalists covering the demonstrations. He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.

McDonald's death led to the ouster of the police chief and a series of reforms created to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable.

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