Police Involved Shootings

Amtrak Cop Charged with First Degree Murder

An Amtrak police officer just 18 months on the job was charged with first-degree murder for fatally shooting an unarmed man fleeing after being stopped over his suspected possession of marijuana, Cook County prosecutors said Friday. The officer, LaRoyce Tankson, unholstered his service weapon, “assumed a crouched firing stance” and fired once as the victim…

Man Shot by Amtrak Cop Near Union Station Dies

A Minneapolis man who was shot by Amtrak police near Chicago’s Union Station has died. Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says 25-year-old Chad Robertson died Wednesday, one week after being shot. Robertson was taking a bus from Memphis, Tennessee, to Minneapolis and was on a stopover in Chicago when the shooting occurred. According to family…

No Prosecution of Chicago Cop in Fatal Shooting of LeGrier, Jones

Prosecutors say they won’t charge a Chicago police officer who fatally shot a college student and his neighbor while responding to a domestic disturbance in 2015. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office says there’s “insufficient evidence” to prove Officer Robert Rialmo didn’t act in self-defense when he shot 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier, who Rialmo said charged…

Amtrak Police Officer Wounded a Man in a Shooting near Union Station

One person was wounded in a police-involved shooting Wednesday evening near Union Station, authorities said. The shooting, which involved an Amtrak police officer shooting someone, took place near Van Buren and Canal Streets about 8:45 p.m. One person was taken in serious-to-critical condition to Stroger Hospital, according to a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. An Amtrak…

Forest Park Cop Shoots, Kills Hit and Run Suspect

A Forest Park police officer shot and killed a hit-and-run suspect as he drove a stolen car toward the officer Friday evening, authorities said. The shooting happened around 6:15 p.m. near the intersection of Jackson Boulevard and Central Avenue along the border with Oak Park, according to a statement released by Deputy Police Chief Michael…

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

An off-duty Robbins police officer shot and killed a man on the Far South Side after the man possibly tried to rob him early Friday morning, according to Chicago Police. “An out-of-jurisdiction officer was in Chicago and was involved in some kind of altercation,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Sun-Times. The shooting…

Lake County Sheriffs K9 Shot, Suspect Critically Wounded

A Lake County sheriff’s officer shot a person who shot his police dog Wednesday afternoon in northwest Indiana, according to authorities. About 3 p.m. the officer conducted a traffic stop in the 700 block of 42nd Avenue in Gary, and a passenger ran from the car, according to Indiana State Police. The driver of the…

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

A 17-year-old was shot to death late Sunday by a DuPage County sheriff’s deputy after the two got into a fight when the deputy responded to a domestic call involving violence near Villa Park, county officials said. The victim was identified as Trevon Johnson by his uncle, Alfonzo Singletary. The shooting took place after deputies…

Police Shoot Suspected Bank Robber in North Riverside Mall

Police shot a man suspected of robbing a nearby bank inside the Burlington Coat Factory next to the North Riverside Mall Tuesday afternoon. North Riverside police said that around 12:30 p.m., they responded to an attempted bank robbery at a TCF Bank in the 7200-block of West 24th Street. When officers arrived, the suspect pointed…

Chicago Police Fatal Shooting of Ronald Johnson Was Justified, IPRA Decides

The agency that investigates shootings by police has determined an officer shouldn’t be punished in the fatal shooting of Ronald “Ronnieman” Johnson. The October 2014 shooting has been the subject of controversy, with Johnson’s family saying officers took part in a “coverup.” But on Friday the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police use of…