Two Officers 'Relieved of Police Powers' After Fatal Chicago Shooting - NBC Chicago

Two Officers 'Relieved of Police Powers' After Fatal Chicago Shooting



    Two Chicago officers have been "relieved of police powers" after they were involved in a fatal shooting. NBC5's Emily Florez reports. (Published Saturday, July 30, 2016)

    Two Chicago Police officers have been "relieved of police powers" after they were involved in a fatal shooting last night, a department spokesman said, adding that the officers may have "violated" department policy.

    "Tonight, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has relieved two officers of their police powers following last night's police involved shooting from 73rd and Merill," said Anthony Guglielmi, director of communications for the Chicago Police Department, in an emailed statement Friday evening. 

    There were two separate police-involved shootings on Chicago's South Side, one of which was fatal, Thursday night.

    He said the "chronology of events is complex" and still being investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority. Johnson spent the afternoon with advisors and department command staff going over the incident, Guglielmi wrote.

    Thursday night, officers saw a Jaguar S-Type convertible that had been reported stolen from Bolingbrook about 7:30 p.m., police said. Police said they "attempted to curb" the car near 74th Street and Merill Avenue when the Jaguar sideswiped the police vehicle and another nearby parked car. Two officers then fired their weapons at the Jaguar, police said. A teenage boy in the car was taken to an area hospital where he died, police said.

    According to police, officers sustained injuries while attempting to stop the vehicle and were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    The officers were wearing body cameras, police said.

    "CPD investigators determined three officers discharged their weapons in the course of their duties and given what is known thus far, it appears that departmental policies may have been violated by at least two of the police officers," Guglielmi said in the email.

    The two officers will be assigned to administrative positions pending the IPRA's investigation, he said.

    About 6:50 p.m., officers responded to a separate call of a robbery in-progress on the 6700 block of South May Street in Englewood, police said in a statement. A 24-year-old man who said he had just been robbed told police the person who robbed him had run down a nearby gangway. The officers saw the man in the gangway with a weapon in his hand, police said. When the man refused orders to drop the weapon "the officers fired two shots striking the offender in the lower extremities," police said.

    The man shot by police was taken to the hospital where his condition had stabilized. A weapon was recovered at the scene, police said.

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