A man who tried to run over a Chicago police officer while in the midst of questioning outside a South Side fast food place was gunned down Thursday by the officer’s partner, police said.
A man who tried to run over a Chicago police officer while in the midst of questioning outside a South Side fast food place was gunned down Thursday by the officer’s partner, police said. About 12:45 p.m., two plain-clothed officers wearing visible police identification approached William Hope as he sat in a two-door gray Pontiac Grand Am in the parking lot of Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits on 75th Street and Perry Avenue. When the officers began to question the 25-year-old about burglaries and other criminal activities in the area, he became “erratic” and attempted to run over the officer, Area 2 Deputy Chief Dana Alexander told reporters at a news conference near the scene. As the officer attempted to reach in the vehicle and put the car in park, he became lodged in the window and Hope attempted to run him down, injuring the officer. The officer’s partner opened fire four times, fatally shooting him, said Alexander.
Police recovered a loaded 9mm pistol from the Hope’s left pocket, he said. The officer was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Alexander said the area near Popeye’s is a “hot” spot where arrests had been previously made. The Independent Police Review Authority is investigation the police-involved shooting. Copyright 2010 Chicago Defender. Photo Caption: Officers at scene of fatal police-involved shooting on 75th Street and Perry Avenue. (Defender/Worsom Robinson)