Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Alleged Gang Member Killed After Shooting At Police

This happened last night at the intersection of Pratt and Wayne - a block from where I live. Thank God I wasn't out walking last night. We DID hear something while we were in our apartment but I honestly thought it was kids setting off fire crackers.

We've lived in Rogers Park for almost 2 years and nothing like has happened so close to our apartment before. At least we know that this gang member did not reside in our neighborhood, but I still wonder what he was doing here...

There is more info on this blog The Broken Heart of Rogers Park

Posted: Wednesday, 20 June 2007 7:12AM
Alleged Gang Member Killed After Shooting At Police

CHICAGO (STNG) - A 21-year-old reputed gang member who was out on parole on a weapons charge when he was killed by police Tuesday night after he opened fire on an officer on a Rogers Park street has been identified.

Anthony Morgan, of 28 W. 113t St., was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Morgan was shot at 1321 W. Pratt Ave., according to the medical examiner’s office.

About 8 p.m. Tuesday, two uniformed officers from the Belmont Area Mission Team, riding in a marked car, saw Morgan at Lakewood and Pratt Avenues in the Rogers Park neighborhood, police News Affairs Deputy Director Pat Camden said.

"As he sees the police car he turns around and starts walking in the opposite direction," Camden said. The officers call him to the car and "he immediately starts running west on Pratt," Camden said.

The officer in the passenger seat of the car got out and began running after the man, Camden said. "About a quarter of the way down on Pratt, he fires a shot at the police officer," Camden said.

The officer took cover and Morgan took off running again, at which point the officer resumed the chase.Morgan then fired two more shots at the officer, and the officer returned fire, striking and killing the man, Camden said.

A Chicago Fire Department ambulance responded to the scene at 1321 W. Pratt Ave., according to a fire department dispatcher, but the man was dead on the scene, Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said.

Just prior to the shooting of the man, police had issued a 10-1 call -- for an officer needing assistance -- for shots being fired at police.

No officers were injured, Camden said. Langford also said there were no ambulance transports nor any other reported injuries from the scene.

Morgan was was a "self-admitted Gangster Disciple," Camden said, was on parole for a charge of unlawful use of a weapon.

The police Office of Professional Standards is investigating the incident and a roundtable discussion will be held to determine if the use of deadly force was warranted.

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1 comment:

Julie said...

i saw this and wondered if it was close to you guys. crazy...