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Chicago cops fatally shoot man in SW Side park

Officers used a stun gun on the man after he stabbed an officer in the protective vest, authorities said. He dropped to his knees before removing the prongs and lunging at a sergeant in Vittum Park.

A man was shot and killed by Chicago police Sept. 5, 2020, in Vittum Park in Garfield Ridge.
A man was shot and killed by Chicago police Sept. 5, 2020, in Vittum Park in Garfield Ridge.
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A man was shot and killed by Chicago police after allegedly lunging at a CPD sergeant with a knife Saturday in Vittum Park in Garfield Ridge.

Officers were called about 1:40 a.m. for reports of a person stabbed near 49th Street and Lavergne Avenue, according to a police source. When they arrived, they saw a man holding a “long, large butcher knife.”

In a statement, Chicago police said the suspect stabbed an officer in the protective vest before officers used a stun gun on him.

The suspect dropped to his knees before removing the prongs and lunging at the female sergeant, the source said.

Officers then shot the man multiple times, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was identified as Shaon Jermy Ochea Warner, 34, of LeClaire Courts, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Civilian Office of Police Accountability spokesman Ephraim Eaddy said two officers, who were wearing body cameras, fired at the man.

Three officers were taken to a hospital for observation, according to police.

The victim in the initial stabbing was also taken to a hospital, according to COPA.

Chicago police spokesman Tom Ahern tweeted a photo of the knife, which he said was recovered at the scene.

Eaddy said COPA is “actively investigating the actions of the officers to determine if the use of deadly force is in accordance with Department policy.” The agency is canvassing the area for witnesses, third-party video and other evidence.

Police said the officers involved will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days while COPA investigates.

Last weekend, a man shot two Chicago police officers before being wounded by police in Homan Square on the West Side.

Another man was shot by CPD officers in Englewood Aug. 9, prompting a night of unrest involving gunfire and widespread looting in downtown Chicago.

On Aug. 5, another officer was shot while responding to a domestic dispute in Lawndale on the West Side.

Less than a week before that, a detainee who allegedly concealed a gun during transport to a Northwest Side police station opened fire and wounded three officers. He, in turn, was shot multiple times at the 25th District police station, 5555 W. Grand Ave., police said.