East Chicago officer shoots man who pointed gun at police: authorities – NBC Chicago
Law enforcement said a police officer in the city of East Chicago, northwest Indiana, shot a man late Saturday night after pointing a gun at officers who confronted him .
At approximately 10:30 p.m., officers from the East Chicago Police Department responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the 4800 Northcote Avenue area. There, they heard several more gunshots, police said.
Officers made their way to the area where the shots were coming from and encountered two men, one armed with a rifle and the other with a handgun, according to a Facebook post from the Police Department. ‘East Chicago.
The man with the handgun is said to have pointed his gun at police officers, at which point a police officer fired shots, hitting the subject, police said.
NBC 5 has yet to independently verify the police-provided account.
After the subject was shot, the two men barricaded themselves inside an apartment. Officers then entered the building and located the two individuals, police said.
Justin Hammond, 34, of Chicago, suffered from a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken to St. Catherine’s Hospital for treatment. The other suspect, Clifton Jordan, 39, of Lansing, has been taken into custody.
As per protocol, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department was called in to investigate the shooting.
The officer, whose identity will be revealed later, will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, police said.