By William Lee
2:44 PM CDT, June 15, 2011
Chicago police shot and killed a man in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side, officials said this morning.
The shooting occurred after a motorist was robbed at gunpoint of his Ford pickup truck at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday near 107th Street and Michigan Avenue in the Roseland neighborhood, a police union official said. The carjacking took place at a fast-food restaurant property, said Carlos Weeden, a spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority.
Dead was Sean Brown, 18, of the 10500 block of South Lafayette Avenue, less than a block from where he was shot and died, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
After flagging down a passing Calumet District squad car, the victim gave police a description of gunman, and officers quickly broadcast it over police radio, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said.
About 10 minutes later, officers in another squad car spotted a Ford F150 truck near the intersection of 100th Street and Calumet Avenue and called for backup, fearing that the driver might flee when they approached, Camden said.
Police confirmed in a statement that officers were involved in a pursuit before trying to arrest the suspect.
The truck's driver fled on foot before backup arrived, leading officers on a brief pursuit that ended with the truck crashing into a tree in the 10500 block of South Lafayette Avenue. The truck's driver was tackled twice by officers who gave chase, Camden said.
After the second tackle, the driver reached for something, leading an officer to believe he was reaching for a weapon, Camden said. Fearing for his life, the officer shot the driver, who later died, Camden said.
A weapon from the suspect was recovered, he added.
The shooting happened in an alley near 105th and State Street, close to Lafayette Avenue, police said.
None of the officers involved was injured, according to the police statement. Investigators determined that the pickup driven by the dead man was the same one taken in the carjacking.
Brown died on the scene, a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office said.
Tribune reporter Liam Ford contributed.