Chicago police officer Robert Rialmo has been fired for the 2015 on-duty shooting of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones, according to the Chicago Police Board.
During a hearing on Thursday night, the board unanimously found that Rialmo failed in his duty when he shot Jones during the 2015 incident and voted to remove him from the force.
Rialmo had been on desk duty since the 2015 shooting. During the incident, Rialmo fatally shot LeGrier and Jones while responding to a domestic disturbance call on the city’s West Side.
The Chicago Office of Police Accountability found that Rialmo was “not justified” in using deadly force in the shooting, with investigators saying in a report that they found “no evidence” to support his claim that the shots fired were necessary, calling his statements “inconsistent and ultimately unreliable.”
Jones’ family settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the city for $16 million. LeGrier’s family filed a similar lawsuit and were awarded $1 million in damages by a jury, but a judge signed an order negating the payout because jurors found that Rialmo had been jhustified in opening fire.
Rialmo was not charged in the shooting.