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Robbery suspect shot by police in Heart of Chicago charged

A robbery suspect shot by police after he allegedly pointed a gun at officers early Sunday in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood has been charged with three felonies.

Manuel Villanueva, 41, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon to a police officer and one count of attempted robbery while armed with a firearm, according to Chicago Police.

The incident began after police responding to a robbery call about 3:45 a.m. Sunday in the 2200 block of South Western Avenue got a description of a suspect and disseminated it over their radio, police said.

Other officers who heard the radio transmission saw a man matching that description in the 2300 block of West 21st Street, police said. They exited their squad car and ordered him to stop, but he refused.

He then pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed it toward police, prompting one of the officers to shoot him “in fear for their safety,” police said.

The suspect then ran off, but police took him into custody after a brief chase, police said. A gun was recovered from the scene.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment but his condition was not disclosed. No one else was injured, police said.

Villanueva, of the 5100 block of South Troy, was ordered held on a $500,000 bond at a hearing Tuesday before Judge Donald Panarese Jr., according to court records. He will next appear in court July 27.