Man killed, Chicago police officer wounded in exchange of gunfire in South Shore

The officer’s injuries Monday were apparently not life-threatening, according to the Chicago Fire Department, which said another officer was treated for injuries at the scene in the 7300 block of South Dante Avenue.

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Police investigate the scene where a man was shot and killed by police officers during a pursuit near the 7300 block of S Dante Ave in South Shore, Monday, Nov. 6, 2023.

Police investigate the scene where a man was shot and killed Monday by police officers during a pursuit in South Shore.

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A man was killed and a Chicago police officer was wounded in an exchange of gunfire in the South Shore neighborhood Monday.

Four officers had stopped Tranza Campbell on the sidewalk in the 7300 block of South Dante Avenue shortly before noon, according to Chicago Police Supt. Larry Snelling. Campbell took off running and the officers chased him, he said.

“At which time our officers were fired upon” and returned fire, Snelling said.

Campbell, 32, was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:24 p.m., police said.

Snelling did not describe his wounds but said three of the pursuing officers had fired their guns. The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled Campbell’s death a homicide. An autopsy determined he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

An officer was shot in the arm and taken by the other officers to the same hospital. Snelling said the injury was not life-threatening.

Snelling did not say why the man was stopped or provide details of the shooting. He said a gun was recovered at the scene.

“We’re still trying to gather more information right now, but we do know it was an investigatory stop,” the superintendent said. “Until we have a full investigation and all of our officers are properly interviewed, we won’t have all of the details.”

Pressed about the shooting, Snelling told reporters, “There is a lack of respect for law enforcement at this time, and we see it every single day, but there is a lack of respect right now for life in general, and we need to start taking a closer look at the violent actors that we have out here. It’s high time we stood up and stood up against these violent offenders.”

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability said it responded to the scene.

Police closed off Dante Avenue from 73rd Street to 74th Street Monday afternoon as investigators combed through the area.

Chicago police work the scene where an officer was shot in an apparent exchange of gunfire in the 7300 block of South Dante.

Chicago police work the scene where an officer was shot in an apparent exchange of gunfire in the 7300 block of South Dante Avenue.

Neighbors described hearing multiple gunshots when the incident unfolded. One woman said it sounded “like a bunch” of shots, while another said it was least 10.

Danielle Stanley, 34, was working from home when she said she heard a barrage of gunfire, followed by several police sirens.

“We do have gun activity in our community often, but this is the first I’ve heard of a police and criminal shooting,” said Stanley, who’s lived in the area for over a year.

“Although its alarming for this to happen right on my block, no neighborhood in Chicago is exempt from gun violence, so it just shows that we need more resources to prevent these things from happening,” Stanley said. “It just makes me more aware of my surroundings, and it doesn’t matter if it’s day or night, things can always happen.”

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