13-year-old carjacking suspect, apparently unarmed, shot by Chicago police in South Austin neighborhood

13-year-old carjacking suspect, apparently unarmed, shot by Chicago police in South Austin neighborhood - Chicago Tribune

A 13-year-old who authorities stated was concerned in a carjacking was shot and significantly wounded as he ran from Chicago law enforcement officials within the South Austin neighborhood Wednesday, based on Chicago police and fireplace officers.

After he fled on foot, the boy “turned towards officers” and was shot as soon as, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown stated throughout a quick night information convention at police headquarters Thursday.

“No pictures had been fired at officers,” Brown added. He declined to say what number of occasions police fired.

The boy was shot as soon as, stated Fireplace Division spokesman Larry Langford. He was apparently unarmed, authorities stated, as no gun was recovered. Brown didn’t say whether or not the boy did or didn’t have a gun when he was wounded within the lot of a close-by fuel station.

Officers had been attempting “to cease a stolen car needed in reference to a vehicular hijacking from a neighboring suburb,” within the 800 block of North Cicero Avenue about 10: 15 p.m., based on a press release from Chicago police.

Crime scene tape at a fuel station within the 800 block of North Cicero Avenue on Could 19, 2022, close to the place Chicago police shot a 13-year-old carjacking suspect Wednesday evening. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Police from that suburb, Oak Park, had despatched out an all-points bulletin for the car — a grey, older-model Honda Accord — through which 4 individuals fled in after ditching a 2017 Honda CRV with a 3-year-old lady inside, which was stolen in downtown Oak Park on Tuesday evening, stated village spokesman Erik Jacobsen.

Within the theft of the CRV, “as they drove off, the mom grabs onto the car (CRV) and is dragged earlier than falling and breaking her clavicle,” Brown stated.

Officers stated the stolen CRV was discovered lower than quarter-hour later Tuesday with the kid nonetheless inside and unhurt. Police found the CRV a couple of mile and a half away after its driver left it there and jumped into the Accord, based on authorities. The motive force headed eastbound within the 200 block of Madison Avenue.

When that automobile was situated late Wednesday, officers approached, based on police. The boy took off working down the block, “the place an officer discharged his weapon,” wounding the 13-year-old, police stated.

“When Chicago Fireplace (Division) arrived on scene, the Chicago Police Division was rendering medical help to the affected person on the bottom,” Langford stated.

The boy was taken to Stroger Hospital’s pediatric unit, the place he was listed in critical situation, Langford stated. Officers “instantly rendered help” to the boy, police confirmed.

A second suspect fled and was not arrested, based on a press release launched Thursday afternoon from town’s Civilian Workplace of Police Accountability.

Chicago police alerted COPA when their carjacking job drive staff noticed the automobile.

“Officers engaged in a foot pursuit of one of many occupants of the car,” stated Ephraim Eaddy, COPA spokesman.

“One officer discharged their firearm, putting the occupant, who’s 13 years of age. The officer’s physique digital camera was activated, and COPA is in possession of third-party and POD video that captures the incident. No weapon was recovered on scene.”

COPA officers stated they aren’t in a position to launch the video and different supplies, per juvenile courtroom guidelines.

Brown stated the Honda Accord had been stolen Monday evening in Chicago within the 100 block of West Randolph Avenue after somebody left it working with the keys inside.

Two law enforcement officials had been taken to a hospital “for statement” and had been listed in good situation, based on the assertion.

A damaged fence at a fuel station within the 800 block of North Cicero Avenue close to the place a 13-year-old carjacking suspect was shot by police Wednesday evening. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

When requested if Wednesday evening’s capturing was being reviewed in gentle of the division’s still-unfinalized foot chase coverage, Chicago police spokesman Don Terry referred inquiries to COPA.

In December, COPA despatched its suggestions for modifications within the foot chase coverage to police, however they’re nonetheless in draft mode and “conversations are ongoing” about additional updates, stated COPA spokeswoman Jennifer Rottner.

“There’s nothing from final evening’s capturing that prompted something at the moment,” Rottner stated Thursday afternoon.

The Chicago Police Division missed its objective of implementing a everlasting foot pursuit coverage in September 2021, saying it wanted extra time to research information.

The momentary foot pursuit coverage, which went into impact in June 2021 following the deadly shootings in late March 2021 of 13-year-old Adam Toledo and 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez, will stay in place within the interim, police stated. Toledo and Alvarez had been each shot and killed by officers who ran after them.

As is routine, the officer or officers concerned in Wednesday evening’s capturing will probably be assigned to administrative duties for 30 days and it’s beneath investigation by COPA.

Late Thursday afternoon, Mayor Lori Lightfoot launched a press release in regards to the capturing:

“I’m conscious of the officer concerned capturing that resulted in a 13-year-old being shot by a Chicago police officer yesterday night,” Lightfoot stated within the assertion. “I’ve been in touch with Superintendent Brown and the Civilian Workplace of Police Accountability, led by Chief Administrator Andrea Kersten, is actively investigating this matter. I’ve full confidence that COPA will examine this incident expeditiously with the complete cooperation of the Chicago Police Division.”

Chicago Tribune’s Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas contributed.



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