Officer Dead of Apparent Suicide

By Paul Henderson
|  Friday, May 6, 2011  |  Updated 9:51 PM CDT
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A Chicago police officer who shot an killed an unarmed man at a CTA station several years ago is dead from an apparent suicide.

Alvin Weems was found dead Thursday with a gunshot wound in his west side home.  The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said it appears to be self-inflected. 

In 2003, Weems shot 23-year-old Michael Pleasance while responding to a fight at the 95th Street Red Line station.

After the incident, Weems initially claimed he was trying to wrestle a weapon away from Pleasance, but security video released later proved he was unarmed. The 51-year-old officer later admitted that the shooting was unjustified but unintentional.

A jury awarded the family of Michael Pleasance a $12.5 million settlement. That ruling was overturned and the family eventually received $3 million in compensation.

Pleasance's brother, Maurice Pleasance, reacted to the apparent suicide of Weems, telling the Chicago Sun-Times that the family "doesn’t take any comfort in knowing that an individual committed suicide."

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