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Death of man fatally shot by police in Riverdale ruled homicide

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A bicycle on the ground at the scene of a police-involved shooting Tuesday night on the Far South Side. / photo from Network Video Productions A bicycle on the ground at the scene of a police-involved shooting Tuesday night on the Far South Side. / photo from Network Video Productions
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A man who was shot and killed by Chicago Police Tuesday night in the Far South Side Riverdale neighborhood has been identified as a 21-year-old from the Far South Side.

Darius Colegarrit, 21, of the 200 block of East 132nd, was pronounced dead at 11:45 p.m. in the 13200 block of South Forrestville, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

An autopsy Wednesday found Colegarrit died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

Calumet District officers responding to a tip about an armed bicyclist in the area saw a man riding a bicycle in the 13300 block of South Forrestville about 9:35 p.m., according to a statement from police News Affairs.

The officers approached to conduct a field interview, at which point he reached into his waistband and pulled out a semiautomatic handgun, police said.

Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said the officers were in an unmarked tactical car on a gang mission when they saw the 21-year-old riding a bicycle. He pulled the gun after officers shone the car's spotlight to get his attention, according to Camden.

He tried to run away and turned to point the gun at the officers, at which point the officers fired and struck him, according to police.

Camden said the officers fired in self-defense after the man pointed his gun at them during the foot chase.

Officers recovered a semiautomatic weapon at the scene, authorities said.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating.


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