On the steps of their home in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, the family of Tywan Jones, 16, talked about the boy who was shot and killed by Chicago Police Sunday afternoon.
His mother says her son suffered from bi-polar disorder.
“It’s just up and down,” said Jones’ mother, Jutuan Brown. “Some days be good, some days be bad.”
Sunday, she said was a good day. “Happy as could be.”
“He’s a great kid, been a great kid,” said Jones’ stepfather Kevin Bell. Bell said he was close to his stepson and served as a main influence in his life.
Chicago Police say that officers, while on routine patrol just after 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, heard gunshots and saw the boy firing a gun at pedestrians while riding his bike near 13th and South Independence.
As they got closer in their squad car, Jones turned and fired at them, officers returned fire, shooting and killing the teen.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said that police had previous contact with Jones but wouldn’t elaborate. He says he wasn’t aware of any mental illness.
“But somebody who may have a history of mental illness, if they’re pointing a firearm at you, it doesn’t matter,” he added. “So the circumstances of the shooting are the circumstances.
“This kid was shooting into a crowd and the officers were actually following him,” McCarthy said. “He was on a bike … and when the kid became aware that the officers were following him, he turned the firearm on the car and fired at my officers a couple of times. They returned fire and unfortunately the kid expired.”