Third Chicago Police officer relieved of police powers after fatal shooting

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CHICAGO -- A third Chicago Police officer has now been relieved of his police powers in connection with the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Paul O'Neal Thursday night, according to a statement.

The decision from CPD leadership comes after the Cook County Medical Examiner ruled O'Neal's death a homicide from a gunshot wound to the back Saturday evening.

An official statement said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson made the call to take the officer off active duty after speaking with investigators and reviewing video evidence.

The shooting happened at 7:30 p.m. Thursday after police spotted a stolen Jaguar near 73rd and Merrill.

According to the arresting officers, as they got out to confront O'Neal he put the car in drive and side-swiped a squad car and a parked car. That's when they officers fired.

O'Neal was eventually transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead.

Johnson initially relieved only two of the officers of their police powers, saying department policies "may have been violated."

All three have been assigned to administrative duty while the IPRA investigation continues.

The officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting.   That video, along with video from their dashboard cameras, are being reviewed as part of the investigation.


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