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Chicago police fatally shoot boy, 13; officer on administrative duty

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Chicago Supt. David Brown speaks to journalists on March 20, 2021.

CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer has been placed on administrative duty after fatally shooting a teenager in an incident labeled by one official as an “armed confrontation.”

The boy was Adam Toledo, who died by homicide from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Toledo, identified by the medical examiner’s office as a 13-year-old white male, lived in the city’s largely Hispanic Little Village neighborhood on the West Side.

According to an initial police statement this week, officers responded to a shots fired alert after 2 a.m. Monday in Little Village.

Two people were in an alley and fled officers, who pursued them on foot, according to the police statement. The chase “resulted in a confrontation,” police said. One officer shot the boy in the chest, and he was declared dead at the scene. According to police, the officers found a weapon at the scene.

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