Family members of a man shot to death by a Chicago police detective in East Hazel Crest are asking many questions surrounding his death.
Last night, Chicago police detectives were doing surveillance work on the 1900 block of West 171st St in the south suburb. According to a statement from Chicago Police News Affairs, the officers approached a man and a woman who had just gotten into their vehicle. Police say that vehicle then sped towards the police. One of the officers opened fire, hitting 27-year-old Ryan Rogers. Police say he tried to drive away after he was hit, but police stopped the vehicle down the road.
Rogers was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The statement from Police News Affiars reads in part, “The male offender accelerated the vehicle at a high rate of speed towards an officer, striking the officer’s vehicle. As a result of this action and in fear of his life, the officer discharged his weapon, striking the male offender.”
Rogers’ family members provided WGN News with photos of the vehicle they say belonged to rogers. There are no dents or scratches. The family also wants to know why there are no bullet holes in the front windshield. The photos show the left side window shot out.
Nicole Nicholson, a relative, said “I want the police to do the right thing too. I want justice for Ryan Rogers’s murder, cause it was a murder”
Rogers had two children, a four year old boy and 1 year old girl.