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Chicago police shoot driver in front of 3 children

CHICAGO (AP) — Three young children in the backseat of a car witnessed a Chicago police officer shoot the driver while he was trying to flee after a traffic stop.

A police union spokesman says officers were surprised to realize the children were in the vehicle after the wounded driver lost control and hopped a curb.

Police say they stopped the driver around 1 a.m. Saturday on the far South Side and ordered him out of the car. The driver then jumped back inside and tried to flee.

Police say an officer dove in an open door and shot him during a struggle after the driver reached for a gun in his waistband. His wounds were not life-threatening.

Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden says an aunt took custody of the children.


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