Cops kill man during traffic stop

Police shot and killed a motorist last night during a traffic stop on the West Side.

The motorist, whom authorities identified as Freddie L. Wilson, 34, was pronounced dead at 11:20 p.m., according to the city's Independent Police Review Authority.

The incident began when two officers in a marked squad car pulled Wilson's Cadillac over at 16 N. Lorel Ave., said Ilana Rosenzwieg, the authority's chief administrator.

Another marked squad car then pulled up to the scene with two more uniformed officers, she said.

It is not known at this time why three out of the four officers started shooting at Wilson, Rosenzweig said.

Investigators found a weapon at the scene, but were unsure who it belonged to.

The authority is investigating the shooting, and has not yet determined whether it was justified, she added.

The authority, an arm of city government that investigates police shootings and allegations of police brutality, was until recently a division of the police department known as the Office of Professional Standards.