‘Why and what happened’: CPD officer shoots and seriously injures 13-year-old carjacking suspect

CHICAGO (WLS) — A Chicago police officer shot and seriously injured a 13-year-old carjacking suspect Wednesday night on the city’s West Side, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability said.

Chicago police were attempting to stop a stolen vehicle wanted in connection with a carjacking from a nearby suburb just before 10:15 p.m. in the 800 block of North Cicero Avenue near Chicago Avenue. As officers approached the vehicle, the boy fled on foot, the CPD said.

“Subject flees to a gas station parking lot and turns to the officers,” Chicago Police Commissioner David Brown said at a press conference Thursday.

Witnesses said they watched in disbelief as police ran toward the gas station at Chicago and Cicero Avenues.

“All of a sudden I saw a little guy dressed in black getting out of the car and running towards the gas station, and his hands were up. And I saw the cop running towards the boy and started to This boy didn’t ‘I don’t have a gun or anything,’ said a witness who asked not to be identified.

Authorities said an officer pulled out his gun and then shot the 13-year-old, according to Chicago police.

“The officer then discharges his weapon, hitting the individual once,” Brown said.

“They said, ‘Hands up, hands up!’ The boy’s hands were up. There are other people there who saw him. I got it all on my phone – his hands were up. He didn’t have a gun. They shot him. on it for no reason,” another witness said.
Alderman Emma Mitts, who represents the 13th arrondissement where the shooting happened, said it was unnecessary.

“Why would you want to shoot when you could easily chase it down,” Mitts said.

The video shows officers moving the young boy’s body, which police say was intended to keep him away from nearby gas pumps.

Officers rescued the individual, who was transported to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.

“The 13-year-old did not have a weapon which was recovered from the scene. So now it raises concerns as to why and what happened,” Mitts said. “We certainly don’t want an officer shooting our children for no reason, it’s insane.”

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At least one other suspect left in the searched vehicle, which was later found empty in the 3800 block of West Monroe Street in East Garfield Park.

COPA said the shooting involved officers from the CPD’s Vehicle Hijacking Task Force team.

“Officers pursued one of the occupants of the vehicle on foot,” COPA First Deputy and Chief Administrator Ephraim Eaddy said. “An officer discharged his firearm, striking the occupant, who is 13 years old. The officer’s body camera was activated, and COPA is in possession of a third party and POD video capturing the incident. No weapons were recovered from the scene.”
No officers suffered gunshot wounds, but two were taken to a nearby hospital for observation. They were listed in good condition.

COPA said it was prohibited from distributing videos and other materials under the Juvenile Court Act.

“COPA is committed to conducting a full and thorough investigation into the officer’s use of force to determine whether his actions were consistent with Department policy and training,” the agency said in a statement. a statement.

Brown said he was limited in the information he could share in the investigation so far.

“I cannot draw any conclusions from an investigation that just started last night,” he said. “We’re not going to answer any questions. We’re not going to answer the number of shots. The ballistics evidence will tell. We’re not going to answer anything else about the shooting.”

The searched car had been used in a carjacking the day before in Oak Park, police said.

A man wearing a black mask stole a car left running with a 3-year-old inside near Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The child was found unharmed about 15 minutes later inside the car, which had been abandoned in the 200 block of Madison Street, police said.

Police are still looking for a second suspect.

COPA is investigating the incident, and any officers involved will be assigned to routine administrative duties for 30 days.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot released a statement which read:

“I am aware of the shooting involving an officer that resulted in a 13 year old being shot by a Chicago police officer last night. I have been in contact with Superintendent Brown and the Civilian Accountability Office of Police, led by Chief Administrator Andrea Kersten, are actively investigating this matter.I have full confidence that COPA will promptly investigate this incident with the full cooperation of the Chicago Police Department.

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