April 13, 2021 21:44

Woman charged after being shot multiple times in confrontation with Chicago police officers

Chicago Tribune staff

Chicago Tribune

A woman has been charged after being shot multiple times during a confrontation Saturday afternoon involving Chicago police officers on the West Side, police said Monday morning.

Keshawna Davidson, 20, of the 7700 block of South Prairie Avenue, was charged with felony aggravated assault of a police officer and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to a news release.

The shooting marked the first of two separate police shootings Saturday after Evanston police fired their weapons during an exchange that left dead a man who was suspected in several shootings.

The shooting by Chicago police happened about 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of South Karlov Avenue, in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood, according to police spokesman Tom Ahern.

The Lawndale confrontation began when community safety team officers conducted an investigation on a vehicle parked in a tow zone that contained three people, including a woman, according to police statements.

Davidson “began exhibiting characteristics of an armed person,” according to both a Saturday statement and Monday’s new release, which used the same language. Soon after, offices saw Davidson had a handgun “which prompted an armed confrontation between police and the suspect,” the statement and the news release both said.

Davidson suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, but her condition was not made available.

The two other people in the car were taken into custody after the shooting but were not charged, a police spokeswoman said Monday.

The woman’s gun was found and taken into evidence, according to Ahern.

Two ambulances originally were sent to the scene to tend to people, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

“One was for stress and one was for a gunshot,” Langford said.

Civilian Office of Police Accountability spokesman Ephraim Eaddy, who also responded, confirmed an officer fired a gun but additional details were not released by his office.

The officer or officers involved will be placed on routine administrative duties for a period of 30 days and the shooting remains under investigation.

Davidson was scheduled for a bond hearing Monday, but because police did not release a booking photo, it appeared the hearing would be held without her present as she continues to be treated for her gunshot wounds.

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