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16-year-old boy shot by Chicago Police charged

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A 16-year-old boy who was shot by Chicago Police Friday night in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side has been charged.

The teen was charged as a juvenile with aggravated assault of a peace officer with a weapon and unlawful use of a weapon, according to Chicago Police. His name was not released because of his age.

Englewood District tactical officers patrolling in the 1600 block of West 71st Street about 7:30 p.m. Friday saw a group of males standing in the alley and, as they approached, one teen ran away while holding his side, according to a statement frompolice.

The officers gave chase and during the pursuit the teenturned and pointed a gun at the officers, prompting one to shoot him, police said.

A “young male adult” was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition, according to Chicago Fire Department Cmdr. Frank Velez.

Aweapon was recovered at the scene and no officers were injured in the shooting, police said.

Police said Sunday the 16-year-old boy has since been released from the hospital. He is next scheduled to appear in juvenile court on Sept.14.

The Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates all police-involved shootings, is looking into the the incident, according to spokesman Larry Merritt.

Less than 24 hours earlier, police shot a 14-year-old boy in the leg in the South Chicago neighborhood after he refused to drop a handgun while being chased by officers, police said.He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital.

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