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Man, 18, fatally shot by CPD officer in South Shore

An 18-year-old man was shot to death by Chicago Police officers while trying to drive away from a traffic stop in the South Shore neighborhood, marking the city’s second officer-involved shooting in less than an hour Thursday night on the South Side, police said.

About 7:30 p.m., officers in the 7400 block of South Merrill pulled over a Jaguar convertible that had been reported stolen earlier in the day from southwest suburban Bolingbrook, according to CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

The Jaguar was blocked in by at least two police vehicles, but the driver tried to take off, side-swiping one squad car and crashing into a parked vehicle, Guglielmi said.

Two officers then opened fire, police said.

The person shot was identified Friday night as 18-year-old Paul O’Neal, of the 1700 block of East 70th Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. O’Neal was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died at 9:08 p.m.

Another person in the car was arrested and was being questioned Thursday night, police said.

An unspecified number of officers injured while trying to stop the car were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening.

The officers were wearing body cameras, and the police vehicles at the scene had their cameras activated, Guglielmi said. The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the use of force.

Just before 7 p.m., a robbery suspect was shot in Englewood.