06/17/2013 11:58 am ET Updated Jun 17, 2013

Michael Westley Shot: Chicago Police Fatally Shoot Armed 15-Year-Old Boy On South Side

A 15-year-old boy was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer Sunday night in the third police-involved shooting of the weekend — the city's most violent of the year so far.

According to a statement from the Chicago Police Department, an officer fired on Michael Westley in the 6600 block of South Sangamon Avenue in Englewood just before 11 p.m. after the teen turned and pointed a gun at officers during a foot chase, NBC Chicago reports.

Police were in the area responding to shots fired in the neighborhood and tried to arrest the three people who reportedly ran from the scene. After one officer opened fire on Westley, the teen was pronounced dead a short time later at an area hospital.

The Tribune reports witnesses told Westley's relatives they did not see the teen holding a gun at the time of the shooting; a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police, however, said Westley pointed a .40-caliber handgun with an extended clip at police. According to DNAinfo Chicago, police say they also recovered a revolver that was stashed in Westley's waistband.

No police officers were injured in the shooting.

Westley's family said the boy was a good student, a freshman who played basketball for TEAM Englewood Community Academy, but told the Tribune they "know absolutely nothing" about the specifics of his death and were frustrated by the limited information police were providing.

In other police-involved shootings from the weekend, an officer fatally shot a man in the North Lawndale neighborhood early Sunday, while another officer shot a teen who ran from officers during a street stop in the Northwest Side Portage Park neighborhood on Friday, the Sun-Times reports.

Despite the spate of weekend shootings in Chicago, police say the gun violence -- which killed at least eight people and wounded more than 40 others -- was still less than the same weekend last year.

Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated Westley was a student at Urban Prep Academy; Westley attended TEAM Englewood Community Academy, a CPS school that shares the building with the Urban Prep campus.



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