DOLTON, Ill. — The family of a woman who died after being shot by police following a confrontation at a restaurant in the south suburbs spoke out Wednesday, saying they remain skeptical about the chain of events that led to her death.
Loved ones of 19-year-old Alexis Wilson, from Homewood, described her as a loving person who was about to start her freshman year of college this fall.
“Alexis also helped take care and look out for her 9-year-old [brother with autism],” said Wilson’s brother Joseph Williams. “She was a caregiving soul that was always trying to make a difference and be supportive of her family.”
Wilson died Tuesday following an incident that began at the Baba’s restaurant on the 600 block of Sibley Boulevard around 1 a.m. According to police, Wilson refused to comply with an officer’s demands after police responded to reports that she was armed and irate that the restaurant was no longer open.
Authorities say that the incident escalated when Wilson drove off as an officer tried to stick his hand in the vehicle to take the keys out of the ignition. According to police, Wilson dragged an officer by vehicle, then hit another. The officer open fired, police said. Wilson eventually crashed into a nearby bike shop.
“Why did my daughter get murdered by Dolton police?” asked father, Alonzo Wilson.
The 19-year-old’s family demand a full probe into what led to the fatal police shooting.
“I don’t see an irate woman,” Williams said. “I see a scared 19-year-old teen who has a bad encounter with an officer that ended up not only with physical abuse but ultimately with her life being taken.”
According to family members, though Wilson was upset with her order, she was not armed despite reports. Loved ones added that police did not recover a weapon from the scene.
Family members said that Wilson sped off only when the officer struck her during a struggle. As a result, Wilson’s family said she panicked and tried to get away.
A spokesperson with Dolton police said officers fired at Wilson because she used her car as a weapon.
“The car is not being used as a weapon,” Williams disputes. “The officer is attacking this young lady. As she’s attacked, she’s trying to get away from the officer. So, she’s scared. She’s 19-years-old.”
Two officers were hospitalized as a result of the altercation. Illinois State Police is investigating.
Wilson’s family attorney Rashaan Gordan hopes to view bodycam footage from the incident on Friday.
“This mother and father learned their child had died in the hail of bullets from police from the news,” Gordan said. “After they had been visited by Dolton police officers.”
The family questioned if race played a factor in the fatal shooting.
“We got to stop killing babies,” Williams said. “Our skin color shouldn’t determine how aggressive you’re going to approach us. Every time I think about it, I wonder, what if this was a white young girl? What if they pulled her over. Would she have the opportunity to have that second chance to still be alive?”