CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer is speaking out, months after he accidentally shot and killed a woman while responding to a call.
Officer Roberto Rialmo, 26, is under investigation but has not been charged. Rialmo had responded to a domestic disturbance call about 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier.
He claims that when he arrived at the home, LeGrier threatened him with a bat. He fired eight rounds, killing Legrier.
One of Rialmo’s bullets also killed Bettie Jones, 55, who was standing behind LeGrier.
In a new interview with The Marshall Project, Rialmo said “I feel terrible about it to this day, and will for the rest of my life. But people don`t know how it was to be in that situation, and ‘sorry’ will never cut it.”
Earlier this year, Rialmo’s filed a lawsuit against the teenager’s estate, arguing that LeGrier’s actions prompted the shooting and caused the officer “extreme emotional trauma.”