Chicago Police said an officer killed two people Saturday morning during a confrontation with a “combative subject” and that includes a 55-year-old woman. The police department admits the officer shot the woman “accidentally” and “tragically.”
The police said officers responded to a “domestic disturbance” around 4:25 a.m. and were “confronted by a combative subject,” according to CNN.
“Upon arrival, officers were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer’s weapon, fatally wounding two individuals,” Chicago police said in a statement.
The woman identified as Bettie Jones, and Quintonio LeGrier, 19, were both fatally shot.
This leaves two families shaken. LeGrier’s father called police for help and his son was shot dead. Jones was a neighbor of the LeGriers and leaves behind five children. The two fatal shootings happened on the morning after Christmas.
“Upon arrival, officers were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer’s weapon which fatally wounded two individuals,” Chicago police said in a statement.
“The 55 year old female victim was accidentally struck and tragically killed. The department extends it’s deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends,” the department said.
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The police officer is to be placed be on administrative duty for 30 days while the shooting remains under investigation, police said.
According to LeGrier’s family, the Northern Illinois University student suffered from a mental illness and threatened his father with an aluminum bat, according to KTLA.
The shooting occurred after the teenager’s father called police for help, then called his downstairs neighbor, Jones, to open the door when officers arrived.
When police arrived on the scene, LeGrier was charging down the stairs while still carrying the bat, then police opened fire, and both LeGrier and Jones were shot dead.
“An innocent lady got shot as well because the police were trigger happy,” LeGrier’s mother, Janet Cooksey, said. “I went to the hospital. My son has seven bullet holes in him.”
It’s not known if there is a video of the shooting.
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