CHICAGO — The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has released an update following the launch of an investigation into an incident where a police officer shot an armed minor early Sunday morning.
“COPA investigators reviewed and have obtained video footage from the incident, and we can confirm body-worn camera of the officer captures the shooting,” said COPA First Deputy Chief Administrator Ephraim Eaddy. “COPA is committed to full transparency. Materials related to these incidents will be posted to our website in accordance with the City’s Video Release Policy within 60 days of each incident unless prohibited by court order or the Juvenile Court Act.”
According to a source with knowledge of the investigation, the minor shot in this incident is 15 years old.
COPA said Chicago Police Department officers from the 8th District were on an investigation in the 7200 block of South Artesian Avenue around 1:47 a.m. when three officers approached a group of individuals near an alleyway.
Members of the group fled when they saw the police. As the group was fleeing, an officer saw that one of the individuals had a gun in his hand and the officer shot him.
The subject, identified as a juvenile in COPA’s update, was shot several times before officers administered medical aid. The minor was then taken to the hospital where he was listed as being in fair condition, according to a preliminary statement released by CPD Sunday morning, Sept. 18.
Two guns were recovered on scene by CPD officers.
The officer(s) involved will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days.
If anyone has information or video footage related to these incidents, COPA encourages you to contact thei office at (312) 746-3609 or by visiting ChicagoCOPA.org.