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Man shot by Chicago police in 2014 files excessive-force suit

A man is suing the city and the Chicago police officer who shot him in 2014 on the West Side, claiming the officer used excessive force.

Frederick Nelson filed the federal suit in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, nearly two years after the  June 28, 2014, shooting in Austin.

At the time, the police said officers on patrol in the 5000 block of West Monroe Street heard gunfire and saw a vehicle speed away. When they tried to pull the car over, someone got out of the passenger seat and started running, police said.

As officers chased, he pulled a gun and turned toward them, and an officer, “in fear for his life,” shot him in the leg, police said.

Nelson’s suit names the officer who he claims shot him “with reckless indifference and disregard” for his rights and calls his actions “objectively unreasonable under the circumstances,” but does not provide an account of what happened before the shooting.

A spokesman for the city law department did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday evening.

The suit lists the location of the shooting at 4944 W. Adams St., about a half-block south of the location given by police. An officers’ union spokesman said at the time that the wounded man was in his 20s. Nelson’s age is not specified in the suit.

The Independent Police Review Authority opened an investigation at the time of the shooting, as it does whenever a Chicago Police Department officer is involved in a shooting. A spokeswoman for the agency could not immediately be reached for an update.

The two-count excessive force suit seeks unspecified damages.