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New video release: Cops fired at men fleeing from store robbery

A screen shot from the police shooting video involving three men who fled after robbing a store. | Still from video provided by city of Chicago

Shortly before 3 a.m. on April 30, 2012, officers responded to a call of a burglary in progress at Mike’s Electronics at 2459 S. Western. Upon arrival, they saw three men in the store loading merchandise into a minivan, which was also owned by the business, according to incident reports released Friday.

Officers surrounded the building, but the driver of the Chrysler Town and Country rammed through a door to the building and struck an officer, Michael Papin, sending him to the hospital for minor injuries, documents showed.

Once outside, the minivan struck a police SUV and came to a stop on 25th Street. Police opened fire soon after. In surveillance footage released Friday, one officer can be seen reloading his gun about eight seconds after the van rammed through the door.

Three men were shot by police: David Strong, 27, and Leland Dudley and John Givens. Strong was shot in the head and died a short time later at Stroger Hospital, documents show. Dudley and Givens, both 32 at the time, filed a lawsuit against the city about two and half months after the shooting. The lawsuit has since been dismissed.

However, in May 2015, both were convicted of murder, aggravated battery of a peace officer, burglary, and possession of a stolen vehicle following two-day jury, court records show.

Dudley received a 25-year sentence and Givens was sentenced to 20 years, court records show.

John Givens (left) and Leland Dudley | Illinois Department of Corrections
John Givens (left) and Leland Dudley | Illinois Department of Corrections