Fleeing River Forest robbery suspect killed by Chicago cops

Pursuit by OP police ends with shooting in Austin

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By BILL DWYER

A Chicago man who allegedly robbed a River Forest man of his wallet at gunpoint was shot and killed in Austin Friday night after a police chase. Tommy Morris, 46, of the 4800 block of West Washington Boulevard was shot "multiple times" by 15th District tactical officers after he allegedly turned and pointed a handgun at them, according to police spokesman Pat Camden.

Police then arrested Morris's alleged accomplice, Stanley Morris, 35, after they discovered him sitting on a nearby porch.

According to River Forest Chief of Police Nicholas Weiss, a man approached two people walking in the 7700 block of Madison Avenue near Park Avenue around 10:35 Friday night and displayed a handgun. One victim handed over his wallet, and the gunman entered a car.

The robbery victims then called River Forest police, giving a description the car. Oak Park police, who share a radio frequency with River Forest, spotted the car fitting the description going eastbound on Madison Ave.

"One of our street crimes officers spotted the car at Madison and Clinton and pulled behind it at Oak Park Ave.," said Oak Park Deputy Chief of Police Robert Scianna. That officer attempted to pull the car over at East Ave., Scianna said, but the driver refused to pull over. A chase began, and a marked Oak Park unit took over at Lonmbard. Ave. It chased the car to Laramie and Madison in Chicago, where a 15th District Chicago squad car took over.

"He stayed within visual range until they determined that enough (Chicago) backup had arrived," said Scianna of the officer.

At Lamon Avenue, the suspect's car turned north off of Madison, heading in the wrong direction on a one-way street. Near Lamon and Washington Boulevard, the two suspects reportedly jumped out of their car while it was still moving after they were blocked by a Chicago squad car heading south on Lamon. The men fled in different directions as the car rolled into the squad car. Several tactical officers chased Tommy Morris, who allegedly turned and drew a pistol from his waistband and pointed it at the officers. The officers then shot Morris.

The stolen wallet and an Intertech .380 semi-automatic pistol with eight rounds in the clip were recovered from the scene.

River Forest police continue to investigate Stanley Morris's role, if any, in the Friday night robbery.

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