Mother of teen fatally shot by police says he was bi-polar

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.”

12 comments

  • arubatom

    SO if indeed he was bipolar, why did he have a gun????….and sorry, but if you point a gun at the police, what do you expect them to do…wait until they get a medical history? Give me a break!!!

  • Andrea

    two reasons to play the bipolar card:
    1. worked for Jesse Jackson, why not for me?
    2. it is used extensively lately to justify drug/alcohol abuse. "he was just self-medicating"

  • HVK

    Right On. Sounds like they're stacking the race-card deck.Too bad they don't need the truth or anything like that……..

  • Child_Puhleez

    Thank you. I've been saying for the longest time that the powers-that-be need to revoke welfare benefits of trifling parents of out-of-control / crime-prone children.

  • Ven

    Colored… Ok… Well I'm African American and I think that he deserved what he got! Don't put all AA's in the same category. Lots of AA's are just as upset of the foolish comments made by idiotic parents. It's an embarrassment. I'm sick of ppl using the race card to justify ignorant acts. We don't stereotype "Un-colored's", so why don't you give it a try…Every race has its ad ppl.

  • BearArms

    Yes. If you ever see me fire a gun at the genral population…. Please kill me before I harm anyone. Thanks.

  • Friday

    If he was truly bipolar, you parents should be charged with child neglect! Get a life! Better yet, own up to your mistakes!! Your kid is dead because of your stupidity!

  • keeping real

    wow!!! people are hard-donkeys, my prayers to his family!!! police officer has to live with take a life, I hope officer also get help!!

    • sharong4

      I agree. Taking someone's life is not easy, especially a young person. I know. If he was bi-polar he should have been on medication. Sometimes the meds don't help. I have a bi-polar son. Some days are good and some are bad. All hospitals do is dope a child up. They are no better than the dope pushers. But all in all, a boy's life has been taken and the policeman has to live with what he has done. Maybe he has children. My prayers go out to the family. And please stop putting Black People in the same category. Some of us do work, own homes, drive new cars and have a lot of money in the bank, along with very long term 401K plans.

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