Chicago police officer accidentally shoots woman dead, as teen is also killed

Published: Sunday 27th December 2015 by The News Editor

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A Chicago police officer responding to a domestic disturbance call accidentally shot and killed a 55-year-old woman, who was among two people fatally wounded.

Relatives said Bettie Jones lived downstairs from Quintonio LeGrier, the 19-year-old subject of the initial call to police, who also was killed by the officer.

Officers who responded to the call “were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer’s weapon,” the Chicago Police Department said.

“The 55-year-old female victim was accidentally struck and tragically killed,” it said, extending “deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends”.

The shooting happened around 4:25am local time on Saturday, police said.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office and family members said Mr LeGrier, a college student, was pronounced dead at a hospital at 4:51am. and Ms Jones, a mother of five, died at a different hospital a short time later.

Both were black, the medical examiner’s office said. Police did not immediately disclose the race of the officer.

The shooting comes amid a civil rights investigation of the police department launched after last month’s release of video showing white officer Jason Van Dyke shooting black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014.

Officials have said the investigation will look into patterns of racial disparity in the use of force, as well as review how the department disciplines officers and handles misconduct accusations.

Published: Sunday 27th December 2015 by The News Editor

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