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Riverside

Riverside man shot by police released from hospital

RIVERSIDE - The 19-year-old male Riverside resident who was shot by police Feb. 5 in Harrington Park has been released from Loyola Hospital, Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said.

The offender received treatment for a gunshot wound to the leg. He has been admitted to a separate facility for additional care, according to a Riverside Police Department news release.

“I am extremely grateful that this individual is still alive," Weitzel said in the release. “At this time the identity of the offender as well as the officer involved in the shooting will not be released. This investigation has currently been transferred to the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit. They will conduct an officer-involved shooting investigation and release their findings to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. This a totally independent investigation, and the Riverside Police Department will play no role in this portion of the investigation."

The incident occurred when the unidentified man was walking in Harrington Park, which is adjacent to the 3500 block of Harlem, with a rifle and threatening suicide. Police shot him after 60 minutes of negotiations when he walked toward officers with the rifle pointed at them, according to police.

The officer who shot the man was not a member of the Riverside Police Department.

Investigators from the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit responded to the scene and assumed command of the investigation. The unit will review all known and available video and other materials related to the incident. The unit will canvass the area, speak to witnesses and search for additional evidence.

The man pointed the weapon directly at a police officer after being told several times to drop the weapon. Evidence collection has determined the weapon was a replica Mac 10 type gun, according to the release.

Several local police agencies assisted Riverside police at the scene, including the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System and Emergency Service Team.

Harlem Avenue from Lawton Road to Ogden Avenue was shut down for eight hours so that investigators could collect evidence, conduct interviews and process the crime scene.

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