Maggio News Bloody Chicago Video: On October 31st, 2018 Halloween day while kids were out trick or treating, I covered a police involved shooting in the East Chatham neighborhood on the South Side.
Most shootings I cover don’t allow people to see the full incident hidden behind the crime scene tape, this is one of those rare glimpses into the situation as it unfolded.
The incident started a couple blocks away as cops approached a group of people on 79th and Ingleside. One of the men appeared to be armed with a gun he took off running from cops. 80% of all police involved shootings start exactly the same way with a noncompliant suspect.
He was chased by cops about three blocks into an apartment building he then ran up to a third-floor apartment, then ran through the apartment and then exited out the front door and down the stairwell.
As he started running down the stairs the Chicago cop chased him with his gun drawn, the cop opened fire on the armed suspect. The next thing you see is the man in the hallway shot bleeding and dazed.
The cop then orders the man to get down on the floor handcuffs the man and secures the scene while other officers arrive. Moments later a cop spots a weapon on floor above he putts on his gloves, picks up the gun which appears to be a nine-millimeter with an extended clip and brings it down stairs. CPD claims the clip was full of armor-piercing bullets.
Upstairs, the officers who shot the man can be heard in the video saying “Get an ambulance. i got a man shot in the back. It was very clear the cop was concerned about the man he was just forced to shoot. All I can say is this is Very tragic stuff all the way around.
23-year-old Derrell Johnson was taken to the hospital in serious condition. After doctors saved his life He was charged with multiple felonies, including aggravated assault to an officer.
Police claim Johnson is a suspected gang member and convicted felon armed with a gun full of armor-piercing bullets. At the time of the shooting Johnson was on parole for a string of felony convictions.
The reason why most armed suspects that flee get shot is because cops are trained to not give the suspect a chance to shoot them first.
We’ll have to wait and see if the city labels this incident as excessive use of force and settles it out of court.