Autopsy: Cops shot man in back

An autopsy yesterday revealed police fatally shot a Hermosa man in the back, in apparent contradiction to official accounts of the incident.

A police news release says the incident unfolded Tuesday evening when officers attempted to interview Luis Colon  in the 2700 block of N. Kilbourn Ave.

Colon walked away, then drew a pistol and turned on the officers, according to the police statement.

An officer immediately shot and killed Colon, the statement says.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, which conducted an autopsy yesterday, says Colon died of a single gunshot wound to the back.

The office released no further information about Colon's death.

The incident, which is the second police shooting this week, is being investigated by the city's Independent Police Review Authority. The agency's spokesman did not return several calls seeking comment yesterday.

Rev. Marshall Hatch, a West Side pastor and who frequently speaks out about police issues, says Colon's death came just a day after he met with IPRA chief Ilana B.R. Rosenzweig to discuss how to make shooting  investigations more fair, thorough and timely.

Hatch says the Colon incident underscores the importance of improving the IPRA's resources. He says he did not feel a sense of urgency from the department.

"We want to have confidence in the process," Hatch said. "I don't know if we can as it now stands."

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