Man Shot by Police Didn't Have Gun: Report

Flint Farmer, 29, was shot and killed when he pulled something from his pocket and "aggressively" approached one of the officers, police said

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    Officers say man pulled something from his pocket and lunged at police (Published Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011)

    A man shot and killed by Chicago police following a domestic disturbance call early Tuesday morning was holding a cell phone and not a gun, according to a published report.

    Flint Farmer, 29, was shot and killed when he pulled something from his pocket and "aggressively" approached one of the officers, police said. Believing Farmer was holding a gun, the officer ordered him to drop the object.

    "The offender refused to comply with the officer's command to drop the object," a statement from police said."Fearing for his safety, the officer discharged his weapon, striking the offender."

    Police didn't confirm if the object in Farmer’s hand was a gun, but the Chicago Tribune, citing sources, reports that it was a cell phone.

    Farmer ran away from the residence, on the 6200 block of South Honore Street, as officers responded to the domestic disturbance call at about 1:40 a.m., police said in a statement.

    Police said they chased Farmer, who lived on the 6200 block of South Wolcott Avenue, identified themselves as Chicago police officers and ordered him to stop.  Police said Farmer then turned around, pulled the item from his pocket and charged at them.

    No one else was hurt, and no officers were reported injured, police said.

    Wentworth Area detectives and the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates all police-involved shootings, are investigating.

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