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Police kill man after responding to domestic dispute

Tribune reporter

Police shot and killed a gun-wielding man after responding to a call of a domestic dispute in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side early Thursday morning, authorities said.

An officer shot the 58-year-old man after he refused to drop an "automatic assault weapon," police said in a statement. He died at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. He was identified as John Harris of an unknown address. He was pronounced dead at 2:44 a.m., officials said.

The daughter of the Harris' girlfriend had called police shortly before 2:30 a.m. and said there was a domestic dispute and that he had a gun, police said.

The girlfriend initially waved off police from the first-floor entry to the apartment, which is located above a convenience store. But her daughter appeared in the upstairs window and told officers to come up the stairs, police said.

When they entered, the man, later identified as Harris, appeared from behind a door holding a handgun, similar to TEC 9 or MAC 11 pistols, authorities said.

An officer shot him after he raised the gun toward police, according to police union spokesman Patrick Camden at the scene.

A statement from police referred to the gun as an "automatic assault weapon," and said another weapon was also recovered from the scene.

Police are holding two people as witnesses.
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