Police Involved Shootings

Bloody Chicago, 1 Dead, 10 Wounded, including Cook County Officer, in Shootings

A man was killed and at least 10 other people including an off-duty Cook County correctional officer have been wounded in shootings across Chicago from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning, police said.

The Cook County sheriff’s deputy was shot at about 8:35 p.m. in the 7300 block of South Aberdeen Street, police said. He was shot in the leg and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition.

The fatal attack happened shortly after 3:30 p.m. in the 4900 block of West Van Buren Street in Austin, police said. A 33-year-old man was sitting in a vehicle when a silver sedan pulled up and someone fired shots, striking him multiple times in the body. He was taken in serious condition to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood where he was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

He was identified as Eddie Thomas of the 5000 block of West Adams Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, which said he was pronounced dead at 5:11 p.m. Saturday.

Other non-fatal shootings:

At 2:50 a.m. Sunday, a 30-year-old man was shot in a Pilsen alley. He was getting out of a car in the alley, south of 18th Street between Laflin and Ashland, when he got involved in an argument with someone who pulled a gun and shot him in the leg. A witness found him on the steps to a home on Laflin Street with blood running down his legs. An ambulance was called and he was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

At 11 p.m. Saturday, two women were shot in Park Manor. They were on the corner of 71st Street and South Rhodes Avenue when someone fired shots from a nearby vehicle and both were hit. A 36-year-old woman was shot in the stomach and both legs and was listed in critical condition. An 18-year-old woman was shot in the right leg and her condition was stabilized. Both women were being treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

About 10:30 p.m., a man was shot on the Dan Ryan Expressway, according to Illinois State Police. He walked in to Saint Bernard Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest and told investigators he had been shot on the expressway near 43rd Street in the northbound local lanes. He later was transferred to Stroger Hospital for treatment. Police closed the inbound lanes from 43rd to 47th streets for about two hours and recovered one shell casing. The man’s exact age was not immediately available.

At 10 p.m., a 26-year-old man was shot in the Wrightwood neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was walking north in the 7900 block of South Talman Avenue when someone fired shots from a silver car and he was shot in the arm. He went to Holy Cross Hospital and his condition was stabilized.

Also at 10 p.m., a 31-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. He went to Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to the right hand after the incident in the 4700 block of West West End Avenue. He has all the legal documentation for the weapon, a law enforcement source said.

At 9:15 p.m., a 43-year-old man was shot in the stomach in the South Austin neighborhood. Officers found him with a gunshot wound near the intersection of Division Street and Lawler Avenue. The man would not tell police what happened and was being uncooperative with the investigation, authorities said. He went to Mount Sinai Hospital and his condition was stabilized.

Just before 8:55 p.m., a 29-year-old man was shot in the chest in the 9800 block of South Oglesby Avenue. He went to Advocate Christ Medical Center and his condition was stabilized. Police did not provide information about the circumstances of the shooting.

About 3:55 p.m., a 28-year-old man was shot and critically wounded in the West Lawn neighborhood. He was a passenger in a vehicle in the 6600 block of South Springfield Avenue when someone shot him multiple times in the head and chest. The driver took him to Holy Cross Hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Police said he was expected to be transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital.

No one was in custody and police were investigating.

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Amtrak Cop Charged with First Degree Murder

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IPRA Video, Chicago Police Kill Suspect in Gun Battle who Shot his Pregnant Girlfriend

The Independent Police Review Authority released a batch of videos and audio recordings from a fatal police shooting on the West Side last year.

Last November, police shot and killed 33-year-old Richard Grimes, who was suspected of shooting a pregnant 24-year-old woman in the abdomen in the 4600 block of West Adams.

Videos from police dashboard and body cameras show a flurry of police activity and more than 20 total shots fired at and by police can be heard as a light rain fell.

The incident started about 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 27, as officers responded to a call of the domestic battery. After the initial shooting, Grimes left the scene but ran into officers in the first block of North Kenton, where he fired a handgun at the officers before running away, police said at the time.

The officers chased Grimes and a perimeter of the area was established.

Dashboard camera video appears to show Grimes shooting at one officer as he exited his police car. The officer immediately dropped to the ground as others arrived and looked to be checking to see if he was shot.

Grimes was spotted again in a gangway in the 4500 block of West Washington, where he again shot at the officers, authorities said. The officers returned fire, striking him.

Dozens of gunshots can be heard in the videos, with police dispatchers warning officers to “Watch the crossfire.” A short time later, an officer yells “He’s down! He’s down! He’s down!”

In that same body camera video, another officer asks his colleagues “Is the cop down?” and another asks “Cop shot?” Another officer walking by then said “Yeah” as others ordered their fellow cops to “Make a hole” so the wounded officer could pass through.

“Who shot? Who shot?” an officer asked a group standing over the suspect, who could be seen lying in a pool of blood. Continue Reading

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Off Duty Robbins Police Officer Shoots, Kills Robbery Suspect

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Chicago Police Shot and Killed a Man that Shot another in Englewood

IPRA, which investigates officers’ use of force and alleged misconduct, is still reviewing the case. The agency has a self-imposed policy of releasing video and police reports within 60 days of officer-involved shootings.

Two camera angles show a fight spilling onto 69th Street near Damen Avenue about midnight, with one man pulling out a gun and firing toward a group of people who scatter. A squad car that happened to be at the intersection pulls up and the officers get out with guns drawn, as the man walks in their general direction with the gun still in his hand. That’s when the officers open fire.

A police statement at the time said the officers were on patrol and “repeatedly ordered” the gunman to drop his weapon before shooting him multiple times.

Jones, who lived nearby, died within the hour, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy ruled that he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The 26-year-old man Jones allegedly shot in the abdomen was taken to the same hospital in critical “but stable” condition, authorities said. The men knew each other, and the initial shooting was not considered random, police said.

Investigators recovered a weapon at the scene, and the two officers were placed on desk duty for 30 days, per CPD policy.

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DuPage Deputy Fatally Shoots Teen in Villa Park

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