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Man fatally shot by south suburban police following Park Forest shooting

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A man was killed Monday in an exchange of gunfire with south suburban police officers after they responded to a call of a person shot in Park Forest.

Officers responded to a call of a person shot and found a 28-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his head about 2 p.m. in the 400 block of Suwanee Street, according to Park Forest police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The man, a Park Forest resident, was able to talk and provided a description of a suspect, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was treated for multiple gunshot wounds and released.

A man matching the provided description was found a short distance away in the 22500 block of Richton Square Road in Richton Park, police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

The man, identified as 32-year-old Mark Harvey, refused to stop and obey police commands and eventually pulled out a .25-caliber handgun and fired as he ran west, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Three officers with the Park Forest Police Department and a Richton Park officer returned fire. The shootout ended when the man fell to the ground, police said. Officers then attempted CPR and called paramedics.

Harvey, who lived in Richton Park, was pronounced dead at 2:54 p.m. at Franciscan Health in Olympia Fields, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy Tuesday found Harvey died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

Police said the 28-year-old man who was initially found shot was able to identify Harvey as the person who shot him.

Per department policy, the officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted by the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit.