Autopsy results give details on fatal police shootings of 2; IPRA investigating
CHICAGO — Autopsy results on a 55-year-old woman and 19-year-old man fatally shot by Chicago police indicate she died from a gunshot to the chest and he from multiple gunshot wounds.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office on Sunday also listed the manner of both deaths as homicides.
Such a finding doesn’t necessarily indicate wrongdoing by police.
The city’s Independent Police Review Authority is investigating. The mayor’s office says IPRA will share its evidence with the county prosecutor’s office.
Mayor Emanuel said in a release issued Sunday that he has directed the new acting chief administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority and the interim police superintendent to meet with each other as soon as possible. He says he wants them to review the training around how officers respond to mental health crisis calls.
He has asked them to determine deficiencies in the current training and determine how to immediately address them.
The 19-year-old killed, Quintonio LeGrier, was home from college and staying with his father in an upstairs apartment. The other person shot, 55-year-old Bettie Jones, lived in a ground-floor apartment.
Police have said the officers were responding to a 911 call when they “were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer’s weapon.” It added the “female victim was accidentally struck.”