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Police Shooting Sparks Violent Clash With Protesters

Newser — Neal Colgrass

Chicago police clashed with a large crowd Saturday after an officer shot and killed a man on the city's South Side, the Chicago Tribune reports. Protesters threw rocks and bottles at officers and four were arrested as cops struck people with batons and dragged them to the ground.

The shooting victim remains unidentified, but locals say he worked at a local barbershop, had a 5-year-old girl, and went by the name "Snoop," per the Chicago Sun-Times.

Police accounts differ slightly by the media report, but officers say they encountered the man on foot, confronted him, and when he became combative and reached for a weapon in his pants they opened fire, per CNN.

The man was pronounced dead at Jackson Park Hospital. Police say a weapon and several ammo mags were found on him.

Gloria Rainge, 41, says she was leaving a Walgreens when she noticed a cop telling the man to stop selling cigarettes.

When he denied doing it, their argument heightened and an officer opened fire as the man ran away. "He was cool, laid back, very intelligent," says Rainge.

Police rep Anthony Guglielmi says the victim was shot several times, but blames "inaccurate information" for fomenting the crowd. "There was some inaccurate information that the individual was unarmed," he says.

"We have cops out there, community affairs officers, trying to give them as much information as we can." Protesters weren't so tranquil: "We just want to live," a woman told reporters.

"Our black kids keep getting killed. We just want to live."

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