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Man critical after being shot by police in Austin

A man was shot multiple times by a Chicago Police officer early Sunday in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, according to a police union official.

Officers responded to a disturbance on the street in the 5400 block of West Madison Street about 2:30 a.m., Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said.

The officers arrived and saw two groups of people involved in separate disturbances, Camden said.

As the officers began to break up one of the groups, a female officer saw a male in a red shirt across the street pointing a gun at the other group of people, Camden said. She told her partner and started walking across the street toward the armed male.

The female officer’s partner cut across the street to cut the male off, who stuck the gun in his waistband with his hand still on the weapon, Camden said.

The male officer caught up to the man and grabbed him by the back of his shirt. Camden said the suspect turned around, pulled the gun out of his waistband and pointed it at the male officer.

The officer had his gun in his hand and opened fire, striking the male several times, Camden said.

The man, thought to be in his 20s, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in critical condition, Camden said.

Camden said a semi-automatic Glock was recovered from the suspect.

Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines confirmed the shooting was police-involved and no officers were injured during the incident, but no other details were released.

The Independent Police Review Authority, which reviews all police-involved shootings, is investigating along with Area North detectives.