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Man, 19, fatally shot by police after pinning officer with car

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A 19-year-old man was shot to death by Chicago Police when he struck and seriously injured an officer with his car early Sunday in the Hanson Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

Just before 1 a.m., officers saw a car driving erratically and pulled over the driver, identified as Juan Flores, in the 2100 block of North Laramie, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

When the officers got out of their squad car to investigate, Flores pinned one of them with his car, authorities said. An officer then fired shots, striking Flores, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy Monday found Flores died of multiple gunshot wounds, and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Police did not immediately say which of the officers fired the shots. The officer who was struck was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, but his condition had stabilized, police said.

Per CPD policy, the officer that fired the shots was placed on administrative duty for 30 days while the shooting is investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority.

The medical examiner’s office said Flores lived in the block where the shooting occurred.