2 people shot by police in 24 hours — one fatally

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Chicago Police shot two people — one fatally — in two separate incidents on the South Side Thursday night and Friday afternoon.

In both cases, an offender pointed a gun at an officer, who fired in self defense, police say.

In the first incident, Martice Milliner, 27, was fatally shot late Thursday after he aimed a firearm at an officer in Greater Grand Crossing, officials said.

About 11:30 p.m., police received a call of a person with a gun in the 7500 block of South Langley. The caller described the person as a man wearing a black leather Blackhawks hat, according to Pat Camden, spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police.

Officers were nearby at the time, and when they found a group of people in the block, including one who matched the description of the man with a gun, they got out of their squad car and tried to stop him, Chicago Police Deputy Chief Carlos Velez told reporters at the scene.

After officers arrived, one of the men started to “quickly” walk away, and an officer grabbed him by the collar to restrain him, Velez said.

After the officer grabbed him, the man reached in his waistband and started to pull out a gun, and the officer then shot him, Velez said.

Once he was shot, he fell to the ground. As he was lying on his side, he grabbed the gun again and pointed it at the officer, who then shot him again, Camden said.

Milliner, of the 9100 block of South Green, was taken to Jackson Park Hospital, where he was dead on arrival, authorities said.

A semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene, Camden said.

Neighbors said the man had lived in the neighborhood his whole life.

Despite the police department and rank-and-file officer union accounts that the officer fired only two shots, nearby residents said they heard between three and five. Friends of the dead man’s sister said he showed up at Jackson Park Hospital with five gunshot wounds.

Beverly Joseph — who has lived a half block south of the shooting for 22 years — was among the dozen people standing on the southeast corner of 76th and Langley as authorities investigated the scene.

Joseph, 63, said the relationship between area residents and the police who patrol the area is adversarial.

“The police don’t want to mingle,” she said “They just want to antagonize us and make us afraid. I’m more concerned about the police than the thugs.”

“Ain’t no ‘Officer Friendly’ in our neighborhoods,” she said.

But Joseph also said that if the account of the shooting given by authorities is true, she understands the fatal outcome.

“I don’t know if he had a gun or not. If he did, and they saw it, they did what they had to do,” she said.

In the second incident, a Gang Investigationsofficer who was threatened with a gun during a traffic stop shot and injured someone in the10600 block of South Cottage Grove, police said.

After officers pulled over the vehicle, someone inside took out a handgun and pointed it at police, the statement said. An officer then shot the person, who was placed into custody and taken to a hospital.

The person was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, a fire department official said, but the individual’s age, sex and condition were not immediately available.

Authorities also recovered a weapon at the second scene, police said. No officers were hurt.

Karen Bates, 55, lives a block behind where the shooting took place. Bates said she heard police vehicles chasing the car, then heard one of the vehicles brake hard.

She heard one officer say, “”Put your hands up! Put your hands up! He’s reaching for something!” before one gunshot was fired.

Bates said she walked closer to see what had happened and saw police removing a male from the front seat of the vehicle.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating both shootings.


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