Shooting suspect fatally shot by police in Calumet City
April 23, 2013 1:52PM
Updated: April 23, 2013 7:29PM
A Calumet City man suspected of shooting a northwest Indiana man Monday afternoon was fatally shot by Calumet City police when he pulled a gun on officers, police said Tuesday.
The suspect, Victor Johnson, 22, of the 400 block of Garfield, was shot by police about 5 p.m. Monday and died at St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond, a statement from Calumet City police said.
The first shooting happened about 3:30 p.m. near Freeland Place, police said. Officers responding to a call of shots fired found a 21-year-old Hammond man suffering from two gunshot wounds. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police interviewed several witnesses and got a description of the gunman. About 90 minutes later, officers in the 500 block of Harrison saw a man who matched the description of the suspect, with what appeared to be a handgun sticking out of his pocket, the statement said.
As the officers approached, the suspect ran and was chased into an alley before entering a yard in the 400 block of Freeland. At that point, police said, he pulled the handgun from his pocket as though he was going to open fire on the officers.
The officers, in fear for their lives, opened fire first, striking Johnson, the statement said.
His weapon was recovered at the scene and the incident is being investigated by the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force.
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