Student shot by campus police facing charges

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CHICAGO -- A University of Chicago student who was shot by campus police is now facing charges.

Chicago police have charged Charles Thomas, 21, with felony aggravated assault of a peace officer and felony criminal damage to property.

The incident happened about 10:12 p.m. Tuesday in the 5300 block of South Kimbark Avenue in Hyde Park. University police were responding to a robbery call .

Dash cam video from a University of Chicago police car shows Thomas acting erratically. He was walking down an alley with a pipe and wearing a face shield.

The responding officer thought he was dealing with someone who was mentally ill.

Thomas had allegedly used the pipe to break several car and apartment windows.

As the officer moved back, Thomas was again told to stop coming towards him. The officer eventually pointed his weapon at him.

The officer fired once and hit Thomas in the shoulder.

The University of Chicago says its officers get 40 hours of crisis intervention training and eight hours of mental health and first aid training.

The officer has been on the force for two years and is now on mandatory administrative leave, per department policy, while Chicago police investigate.

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