Unarmed 13-year-old boy shot and seriously wounded by Chicago police after officers stop car wanted for carjacking in Oak Park

An unarmed 13-year-old boy was shot and seriously injured by Chicago police after officers stopped a car wanted for a carjacking in Oak Park a day earlier, according to law enforcement sources.

The boy was shot around 10:15 pm Wednesday after he jumped from the car and began running in the 800 block of North Cicero in Austin, according to a preliminary statement from police. The statement gives no details of the confrontation, but a source said no shots were fired at the officers and no weapon was recovered.

The boy was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical but stable condition, according to Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt. Sources gave his age as 13.

The driver sped off in the wanted car, which was later found abandoned in the 3800 block of West Monroe Street about two miles away near Garfield Park.

The car had been used in a carjacking the day before in Oak Park, according to the authorities in the western suburb. A man in a black face mask stole a car left running with a 3-year-old inside near Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue around 7:30 pm Tuesday, police said.

The child was found unharmed about 15 minutes later inside the car, which had been abandoned in the 200 block of Madison Street, police said.

The carjacker was seen getting into a gray 2008 gray Honda, which was spotted by Chicago police Wednesday night. Officers pulled it over and the boy got out and started running, police said. Authorities have released few details about what happened next or what threat the boy posed.

According to radio traffic, a police helicopter picked up the car as it headed south on Independence Boulevard. In the minutes that follow, the helicopter pilot and a dispatcher repeatedly ask whether any officers on the ground are pursuing the car, which they say is wanted for a carjacking and the kidnapping of a child in Oak Park.

“Is anybody behind this car? Can we get close to it?” a dispatcher says.

She also asks whether a sergeant is available to monitor the pursuit.

There is some confusion as a 10-1 is called for an officer in need of assistance. A dispatcher at first says “shots fired at the police,” but then says “shots fired by the police” as officers chased a suspect who got out of the car.

A police statement issued hours later makes no mention of shots fired at police, and a law enforcement source said investigators have mentioned nothing about officers being shot at.

As is routine, the officers involved will be place on administrative duties for 30 days after the shooting is investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

COPA had no immediate comment.

The shooting happened a little over a year after a Chicago police officer shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo as he ran from police in Little Village and ditched a gun behind a fence seconds before the officer confronted him.

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office in March determined no criminal charges would be filed against the officer who opened fire.

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