Man Shot by Police Announces Suit Against City, Gets Arrested for Murder

The city declined to comment on Dominiq Greer's suit; Greer's attorneys didn't comment on his arrest

Just moments after a man announced a $15 million lawsuit against the city of Chicago in a 2014 police shooting, he was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Dominiq Greer, 25, was taken into custody Wednesday shortly after a news conference announcing his lawsuit. Police said he was arrested on a warrant for first-degree murder stemming from a fatal shooting in the city's Washington Park neighborhood on May 27.

In that shooting, a 22-year-old man was killed in an apartment in the 5600 block of South Wabash. The man, identified as Kevin Larry, was pronounced dead at the scene and a criminal investigation indicated Greer was the shooter, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. Further details on the shooting weren't immediately known, but charges were pending, authorities said.

Shortly before his arrest, Greer alleged police used excessive force when they shot him numerous times during a foot pursuit on the Fourth of July in 2014.

According to his attorneys, Greer was walking in the 7400 block of South Princeton Avenue when officers pulled up in a marked vehicle and Greer ran into an alley. The officers followed Greer and ultimately shot him seven times.

"When they tried to grab me, I ran. I feared for my life, so I kept running," Greer said during the news conference. "When I got in the alley that's when I heard gunshots."

Greer admitted he was carrying a handgun at the time of the chase but denied officers' claims the gun discharged during the pursuit. He said he threw the weapon away just before police opened fire.

"They said I turned around and aimed a gun, but I never turned around or nothing," Greer said. "They ain't got no gunshot residue or nothing on me. They said the gun discharged. I never heard the gun discharge, I heard their gun discharge."

Greer claims he was shot three times, then shot another four times while he was on the ground.

Surveillance footage of the incident was released by Greer's lawyers Wednesday.

The more-than-two-minute video, which has no audio, shows Greer running in an alley and appearing to throw an object. He then falls to the ground before shots are fired by someone outside of the camera's view. Greer gets up and falls again in an unlit area as police approach him with weapons drawn.

The video's release comes days after city officials released hundreds of videos, police reports and other evidence from investigations into allegations of excessive force by police. However, Greer's shooting was not among the evidence released.

"In full transparency and disclosure it should have been released," said Greer's attorney, Eugene Hollander. "Why shouldn't the public know about that?"

The city declined to comment on Greer's suit, saying it had not yet been served.

Greer's attorney declined to comment on his recent arrest.

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