Chicago Police under fire after fatally shooting teenager, 13 – who was ‘armed and confrontational’

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CHICAGO, IL – According to reports, a yet-to-be-named Chicago Police officer fatally shot a 13-year-old boy in late March in what was described by officials as an “armed confrontation.”

While Chicago Police officials have not released the identity of the deceased juvenile, the boy’s mother has come forward and identified him.

During a press conference held on April 1st, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown stated the following regarding a March 29th officer-involved shooting:

“My greatest fear as the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department has been a deadly encounter between one of our own and a juvenile especially given the recent rise in violent crimes involving juveniles throughout the city. Unfortunately, this fear became a reality earlier this week.”

The incident was said to have occurred during the early morning hours of March 29th within Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, where CPD officers were said to have responded to an alert indicating multiple gunshots in the area.

Authorities said that two male subjects were spotted in an alley nearby, with one of the individuals allegedly armed and fleeing from officers who attempted to make contact. This reportedly led to a foot pursuit, which then turned into a confrontation between the allegedly armed suspect and officers.

CPD officials say one of the officers opened fire on the suspect, fatally striking him in the chest. Police were said to have recovered the suspect’s weapon at the scene, and the other male who was spotted in the alleyway was reportedly taken into custody.

Superintendent Brown did not release the name of the deceased suspect, stating that he did “not want to violate his privacy as a juvenile.” However, both the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office and the suspect’s mother identified the deceased as 13-year-old Adam Toledo.

Elizabeth Toledo, Adam’s mother, stated that her son “was so full of life,” and she wants to know “what happened”:

“I just want answers. I just want justice for my son.”

The unidentified officer who fatally shot the suspect was said to have been placed on routine administrative leave for a period of 30 days, according to Superintendent Brown.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, also referred to as COPA, is currently investigating the officer involved shooting. They released the following statement acknowledging the ongoing review of the incident:

“COPA is currently making every effort and researching all legal avenues that will allow for the public release of all video materials which capture the tragic fatal shooting of 13 year old Adam Toledo. COPA has been in contact with the Toledo family and will provide the family a review of all video materials.”

Superintendent Brown noted that he “fully” supports the COPA investigation and has “adamantly” called for the release of any and all video related to the officer-involved shooting, to include body worn camera footage.

After having consulted the courts with respect to any laws revolving around releasing video featuring a juvenile suspect, COPA released a statement on April 2nd saying that footage related to the incident will be released to the public, but haven’t offered a definitive date on when that will occur:

“COPA has determined that certain provisions of state law intended to protect the confidentiality of juvenile records do not prohibit the agency’s release of material related to its investigation of a Chicago Police Officer’s fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo.

“COPA’s General Counsel concluded that the Juvenile Court Act does not bar publication of the body worn and third-party video camera footage the agency has obtained to date.”

When commenting on the officer-involved shooting, Superintendent Brown noted that police officers are unfortunately presented with “split-second” decisions at times where lethal force is employed, which can weigh heavily on an officer’s conscience afterward:

“The split-second decision to use deadly force is extremely difficult for any officer and is always a heavy burden to bear for officers involved in fatal shooting incidents.”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot wanted to stress to COPA that both “transparency and speed are crucial,” with regard to the investigation of this incident, namely due to the fact that both the suspect’s family and the public “will undoubtedly have many questions.”

This is an ongoing investigation. Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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In Other news related to Chicago, the weekend prior to the fatal shooting of Adam Toledo was reportedly rife with violence within the city. Law Enforcement Today recently reported on said weekend of gun violence. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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CHICAGO, IL – The city of Chicago endured yet another troubling weekend as it relates to violence within the city. According to reports, between the evening of March 26th through the 28th, at least 30 people were shot, three of whom died as a result of their sustained wounds.

On the afternoon of March 28th, a 32-year-old man was said to have been fatally shot in Logan Square on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

He was reportedly shot in the neck and head about approximately 4:35 p.m. within the 3500-block of West Cortland Avenue, according to Chicago Police. He was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center and later pronounced deceased. The man has yet to be named by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

On March 27th, a 36-year-old man was gunned down in West Pullman on the South Side.

The victim was said to have been sitting inside of a parked car within the 700 block of East 103rd Street around 11:40 p.m. when three male assailants approached him and one of them reportedly opened fire on the victim, according to Chicago police.

Police sources say that the victim was shot in the chest, arm, and buttocks. He was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The Cook County medical examiner’s office later identified the victim as Kieer Pargo.

Hours before that fatal shooting, a 29-year-old man was gunned down on Chicago’s South Side while also inside of a vehicle.

The victim was reportedly inside a car within the 11900-block of South Prairie Avenue at approximately 6:05 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up beside his and opened fire, according to Chicago Police.

The victim was struck several times, according to police, and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he later passed due to his injuries.

The victim in this case has yet to be named by the Cook County’s medical examiner’s office.

In a nonfatal shooting during the evening of March 28th in Chatham on the South Side, four men were reportedly seriously injured. The four victims were shot sometime before midnight within the 8700 block of South State Street, according to Chicago Fire Department officials.

Two of the men were taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious to critical condition, while the other two were also transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center in serious to critical condition.

In the early morning hours of March 28th in Roseland on the Far South Side, a 48-year-old man was shot in an attempted robbery.

The victim was reportedly standing outside along the 10500 block of South Michigan Avenue at approximately 12:40 a.m. when an individual confronted him and demanded his money, according to police.

Police claim that the victim refused to hand over his money, and instead tried to take control of the assailant’s firearm. The gunman allegedly fired a shot and hit the victim in the knee before leaving the scene. Officials say that the victim was reported as being in good condition following the incident.

On March 27th, a 31-year-old man was shot while participating in a funeral procession in Gresham on Chicago’s South Side.

At approximately 6:50 p.m., the victim was riding in a car when shots were fired as the procession traveled through the 7600 block of South Ashland Avenue, according to police.

The victim was reportedly struck in the abdomen and arm and was subsequently rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition.

On March 27th, a teenage passerby was injured in a shooting in East Garfield Park on Chicago’s West Side.

According to police, the 17-year-old boy was walking through the 3300 block of West Ohio Street at approximately 4:30 p.m. when someone in a car passed by and opened fire upon a group of people nearby the teen. Someone in the group shot at returned fire, and the teen happened to be caught in the crossfire and was struck in the chest.

Officials have stated that the teen was in good condition after being transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Slightly over four hours prior to that incident, four people were injured in a shooting in the Austin area of the city’s West Side.

According to police, the group was standing outside at around 12:10 p.m. when shots were fired at them within the 500 block of North Leamington Avenue.

A 64-year-old man was shot in the leg, and a 54-year-old man was hit in the thigh, which both victims were reportedly in critical condition after being transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital. A third victim, identified as a 42-year-old man, suffered a graze wound on the back and was treated by EMS at the scene of the incident.

The fourth victim reportedly checked themselves into the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, having suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder. They were last reported as being in good condition.

On the evening of March 26th, a man was reportedly shot in East Garfield Park on the West Side, according to the first recorded shooting of the weekend.

At approximately 6:55 p.m., the victim, identified as a 22-year-old male, heard the gunfire and suddenly felt a pain while along the 3300-block of West Ohio Street, according to Chicago Police. Officials say the victim suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks and was lasted listed as being in fair condition.

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