By Rachael Levy and Peter Nickeas
6:25 PM CDT, April 14, 2013
Police investigating the smell of marijuana smoke ended up shooting a man they chased down a South Side alley after he refused a command to drop his gun, authorities said.
The suspect, Donte J. Kenney, 26, remained at Advocate Christ Medical Center on Sunday, but has been charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to court documents.
He was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail Sunday.
Police saw Kenney standing at the mouth of an alley on 86th Street just east of Rhodes Avenue in the Chatham neighborhood and tried to stop him about 1 a.m. Saturday because they smelled marijuana, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Buck and Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Patrick Camden.
Kenney, of the 7900 block of South Stewart Avenue, took off north in the alley holding his side, and one officer jumped out of the police car and chased him, according to Camden, Buck and court documents. The other officer tracked the chase north on Rhodes in his car.
Kenney ran into a gangway, Buck said Sunday, and the officer who had been driving got out of the car to chase him.
Kenney closed a gate in front of the officer, but that officer could see Kenney crouching behind the gate with a gun in his waistband, Buck said.
The officer ordered Kenney to drop his gun, but instead, Kenney fled into a back yard, Buck said.
The officer chased him, Buck said.
As the police officer entered the back yard, Kenney had a gun in his hand and raised his arm, Buck said, and the officer fired two shots, striking Kenney in the abdomen.
A statement released by the Chicago Police Department said the man pointed his gun at the officers.
Camden and police both said a weapon was found at the scene. Camden said it was a .357 Magnum, a long-barreled handgun.
Tribune reporter Geoff Ziezulewicz contributed
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