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Chicago sees 2 shootings inside police stations in 2 weeks – NBC Chicago

A man was shot dead by Chicago police inside a CPD station on the city’s West Side on Wednesday after the man entered the establishment, shouted anti-police sentiments and pointed a weapon on police and civilian personnel, officials said.

This is the second shooting at a Chicago police station in two weeks.

Officials said the incident happened at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday inside the department’s 10th District train station at 3315 W. Ogden Ave.

At that point, authorities say a man entered the station and began to report to the police. While shouting, the man held up a gun partially wrapped in a plastic bag and pointed it at reception staff, who were made up of both civilians and officers.

“One of the officers immediately sees what appears to be a gun barrel protruding from the wrapped plastic bag the offender is holding in his hand,” Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said Wednesday during a briefing. ‘a press conference.

According to Brown, the man continued to point the gun at the workers despite being ordered to drop it. Three police officers then fired on the man, hitting him in the arm. He is currently being treated at a nearby hospital and in police custody.

“Civilians don’t necessarily sign up for this,” Brown said. “So they’re really shaken up by that.”

It’s unclear if the gun was loaded, and investigators have yet to identify the suspect, who Brown says hasn’t been “very cooperative.”

The shooting comes just over a week after another man was shot and killed while allegedly breaking into another West Side Chicago police facility.

According to authorities, on September 26, Patrick Donald, 47, climbed a five-story fire escape and entered through an open door at the Homan Square police station. Police, who were holding a SWAT training exercise at the time, said Donald then seized weapons he found on a table.

Officials say police shot and injured Donald after pointing guns at officers.

Donald was charged with counts of burglary and aggravated assault of a peace officer. During a court hearing, prosecutors said Donald was looking to recover property, although he was never arrested in Chicago and there was nothing of his.

Donald’s lawyer has suggested he may have been suffering from “an episode of mental health” when the incident happened. He was sentenced to detention without bail.

Brown said there were heightened concerns ‘about access to our police facilities’, given the shooting in Homan Square, as well as officers targeted by gunfire on Wednesday and ‘anti-police sentiment expressed by this particular offender”.

“We have to balance that with a clear openness to the community to come in, report and come in and engage with our officers,” Brown said. “So it’s a balance that we have to find, but there are some things that we think we can do to maybe strengthen some of our security measures.”

“There are several things we can consider doing,” he said, noting that other police facilities across the country have glass barriers and elevated desks. “The Homan Square incident happened a few days ago. It just happened.”

The Chicago Sun-Times wire contributed to this report.

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