Man shot by police in Austin

A man was shot by police early Saturday in the 5000 block of West Monroe Street. | Alex Wroblewski/for Sun-Times Media

A man who pointed a gun at Chicago Police was shot by an officer early Saturday in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side.

The shooting happened about 12:35 a.m. in the 5000 block of West Monroe Street, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

Officers on patrol near South Cicero Avenue and West Jackson Boulevard heard shots fired and saw a car speeding away from the area, officials said.

When officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, a man, thought to be in his 20s, jumped out of the passenger seat of the car and ran down a nearby alley, according to police and Pat Camden, spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police.

A police officer then got out of the squad car and chased the man, officials said.

Near the 5000 block of West Monroe, the man pulled out a gun and turned toward the officer and the officer, fearing for his life, shot the man in the leg, police said.

Camden said the man was taken with non-life-threatening injuries to Mount Sinai Hospital.

No police officers were injured, officials said. It was not immediately known whether the driver of the vehicle was taken into custody.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting.

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