Charges filed against teen shot by state trooper in Chinatown

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Charges have been filed against the 15-year-old boy who was shot by a state trooper Saturday evening in Chinatown on the South Side.

The boy, whose name was not released because he is a minor, tried to run over a trooper with a stolen car, according to Illinois State Police. He faces felony counts of aggravated assault to an officer, aggravated fleeing and criminal possession of a vehicle.

The vehicle was reported stolen at gunpoint earlier in the day in Chicago, according to state police, who said a trooper spotted and tried to pull it over on the Dan Ryan Expressway around 6:50 p.m.

The driver sped off before getting caught in traffic at the northbound Chinatown ramp from the Dan Ryan at Cermak, state police said.

Troopers walked up to the stopped vehicle, and the driver tried to run one of them over, state police allege. Authorities initially said one trooper opened fire, but in a statement announcing charges Tuesday, at least two troopers opened fire “[f]earing for their safety.”

The driver took off again, and troopers gave chase to 11th Street and Wabash, where four people jumped out, police said. Three of them were arrested there, but the 15-year-old temporarily got away.

He later showed up at Stroger Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds that weren’t considered life-threatening. Investigators recovered three guns at 11th and Wabash, police said.

The boy was released from the hospital Tuesday and held at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Tuesday night.

The other three people arrested were released from custody Tuesday, though charges against them “remain under review,” police said.

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