CHICAGO — Chicago police reports show an officer who fatally shot a bat-wielding college student and his neighbor gave two different accounts on what happened leading up to the shooting.
Officer Robert Rialmo initially told investigators that 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier had the bat raised over his head and refused to drop it before the officer fired shots. The Dec. 26 shooting killed LeGrier and accidently killed neighbor 55-year-old Betty Jones. Two days later, Rialmo told investigators LeGrier tried to hit him with the bat twice.
Basileios Foutris, who represents LeGrier's father, said the differing statements showed Rialmo was adding details to justify the use of force.
Joel Brodsky, an attorney for Rialmo, said the police reports are summaries of detectives' interviews with Rialmo that might leave out details the officer provided.