CHICAGO — A 30-year-old man was killed after a police-involved shooting on the Northwest Side’s Galewood neighborhood.
Around 12:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Deputy Police Supt. Ernest Cato said police performed a traffic stop on the 6000 block of West Wellington Avenue. Cato said the driver of the car, identified as Mariano Ocon Jr., exited and “began exhibiting characteristics of an armed person.” Police said Ocon’s girlfriend and children were inside the vehicle.
Shortly after, police said a foot chase pursued and officers observed the man armed with a handgun, which they said prompted a confrontation between him and police.
CPD officers fired shots, but it is unclear if they struck the suspect. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said detectives and the medical examiner determined that Ocon suffered a potential self-inflicted gunshot wound and a wound to the upper body, which was likely fired by police.
CPD has asked the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office to perform a formal analysis. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is also investigating.
Police said the children were taken to the hospital and said they are OK.
At a press conference held by police, Juan Ocon, who said he was the man’s brother, began yelling at officers. He criticized them for chasing his brother while children were in the car.
“What kind of police is this?” he said. “Endangering the kids, even if he was armed or not. What’s wrong with these cops?”
He said he has a hard time believing his brother took his own life, and said he just wants to know what really happened.
Ocon had six children between the ages of 3 and 14. His brother said he loved them very much.
Ocon had a criminal background including domestic battery, burglary and unlawful use of a weapon charges on his record.