CHICAGO, Ill. – Officials have released body cam footage from a fatal police shooting involving a suspect who allegedly carjacked a vehicle and kidnapped the people inside.
42-year-old Luis Vasquez was identified as the man who was killed by Chicago police on July 8.
According to a report from WGN 9 News, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability made the video public on Friday showing officers responding to an apartment on Chicago’s Northwest side.
Police had dispatched to the apartment complex on July 8, after receiving reports that Vasquez had stolen a vehicle and then taken the two people inside as hostages, transporting them from Elgin to a residence on Grand Avenue in Chicago.
The footage from the officer’s body cam shows police entering the apartment. Vasquez can be seen lying on a couch on the opposite side of the room. The officer yells out for Vasquez not to move as he enters the room with his weapon drawn and trained on the suspect.
Vasquez can then be seen reaching for something on the ground. The action causes the responding officer to open fire, striking Vasquez multiple times.
Police say that they continued to struggle to get the suspect into handcuffs. The officers at the scene called for an ambulance, but Vasquez was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
“He went for his weapon. I had no choice,” the officer who pulled the trigger could be heard saying in the video.
A gun was recovered at the scene.
Investigators reported that Vasquez knew the two people that he had allegedly kidnapped. It’s still unclear as to what the motive behind the crime was.
Vasquez was said to have had a long criminal history, including a recent case in which he pleaded guilty to aggravated battery on a peace officer. Chicago police have confirmed that the officer who was involved the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, pending a full investigation, as is the standard department policy.
The uncut body cam footage can be viewed here.
Police in Pasadena, California also released body cam footage this week showing a fatal shooting with an alleged gang member.
Police had received a 911 call where a man stated that a suspicious person was “gang banging on kids” and was posing a threat to innocent civilians.
“Yes, there’s a guy in a black Lexus gang banging on kids and UPS drivers on the corner of Glen and Howard,” the caller said to a Pasadena dispatcher.
Officers responded to the area but did not see anyone matching the caller’s description. Shortly after, police received a call from another concerned citizen claiming that he was back and had been shouting gang slurs at cars that were driving past.
Once the officers arrived at the scene, Pasadena authorities say that they spotted suspect Daniel Warren standing in the front yard of a home, holding a firearm and wearing “a ballistic bullet proof vest”.
The responding officers had been advised that the suspect had a prior gun history and may have been armed. When they got on scene, that fact was confirmed.
The video shows Warren very clearly pointing his weapon at the officers, which was later said to be a rifle with a large-capacity drum magazine. Police also recovered a handgun from Warren’s body as well.
The video appears to show Warren firing off at least one shot before officers returned fire, striking Warren. The suspect then bolts in between two homes. Police tracked him to the area where he was seeking shelter and attempted to use non-lethal means to get him to surrender.
After he was hit with a flash bang grenade and then a foam impact round, he still had not moved.
The officers approached him with caution and managed to get him into custody. The officers on scene attempted to perform life-saving measures, but Warren died from his injuries, police said.
None of the officers that were involved with the shooting were injured.
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On Thursday, the Pasadena Police Department released the footage captured by body worn cameras.
The uncut video is below. Warning: the video contains imagery that some viewers may find graphic. Viewer discretion is advised.
Fox 11 said that the case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office Officer Involved Shooting Team, and the Pasadena Police Department Professional Standards Detectives.
Officials said that once the investigation into the fatal shooting is complete, the Pasadena police chief will have the final say over whether the responding officers acted accordingly with department policies.