Chicago police said Friday that the officers who shot and killed a man suspected of firing a handgun at them during a traffic stop were responding to a “verbal” dispute between the man and a suspect.
Police said the officers were responding Friday afternoon to a report of a man who had fired a gun at them while driving on the city’s north side.
They found the man, 28-year-old Jordan Williams, who was suffering from a gunshot wound.
The shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m.
Friday in the 3300 block of South Michigan Avenue.
Police said Williams told them he was trying to flee the scene when officers pulled him over.
The officers told Williams that he was reaching for a gun when one of the officers fired two shots, police said.
Williams was struck and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died at 12:40 a.m., police said in a news release.
The shooting sparked protests that included a march Friday night from the intersection of South Milwaukee and Michigan avenues, which was blocked off by a crowd of thousands.
The crowd also blocked the Chicago Loop, forcing the police to reroute traffic through the area.
The man was shot once in the chest and another time in the abdomen and died at the scene, police spokesman John Escalante said in an email to The Associated Press.
The incident marked the second time in less than a month that Chicago police have killed a suspect in a traffic-stop.
In April, police fatally shot a man in the parking lot of a nearby Walgreens.