One person was fatally shot by Chicago police Sunday in the West Englewood neighborhood on the city’s South Side, police said.
Around 4:40 a.m., police responded to multiple calls of a home invasion and reports of a person with a gun in the 7300 block of S. Paulina. Officers on the scene were met by an “armed offender,” according to a statement from News Affairs. Shots were exchanged, and the intruder was killed.
The man killed has been identified as 29-year-old Charles Smith of the 2100 block of West 77th St., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner. Autopsy results will be released Monday.
Police say a weapon was recovered and there were no injuries to officers.
The home where the shooting took place is well-known in the neighborhood as the childhood home of Chicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose. Neighbors see it as a landmark of hope and promise on a normally quiet block in the South Side neighborhood.
Neighbors tell NBC 5 that a grandmother, her daughter, and young grandson currently live in the house.
“They’re nice people from what I know. I’ve known them for about a year. Yeah, nice people,” said neighbor Richard Carter, who said he has seen them at nearby Murray Park. “It’s crazy to wake up and see something like this,” he added.
Chicago Police continue to investigate the incident, and though one of the possibilities is a domestic dispute, they still are not sure how it started.
“I heard that they were holding them hostage,” said neighbor Ronald Jenkins, “then I heard he was shooting at police and police returned fire.”
The Independent Police Review Authority, the agency tasked with investigating all police-involved shootings, did not respond to requests for comment.
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