Cop who shot 13-year-old carjacking suspect who was running away is relieved of police powers, officials say – Chicago Tribune

The officer who fired a service weapon, wounding a 13-year-old boy who was running away on the West Side Wednesday evening, has been relieved of police powers.

“He’s still an active member of the Chicago Police Department,” mentioned Don Terry, police spokesman. “He’s not going to be patrolling the streets and he won’t be able to arrest people.”

The motion, efficient Friday, means the officer will nonetheless be getting a paycheck however will likely be moved to “desk duty,” mentioned Terry.

The 13-year-old who authorities mentioned was concerned in a carjacking was shot and significantly wounded as he ran from Chicago police officers within the 800 block of North Cicero Avenue within the South Austin neighborhood Wednesday evening.

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

Officers had been attempting “to stop a stolen vehicle wanted in connection with a vehicular hijacking” from Oak Park when it occurred about 10:15 p.m., in response to a press release from Chicago police.

The boy was apparently unarmed, authorities mentioned, 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.

“No shots were fired at officers,” Brown mentioned. He declined to say what number of instances police fired.

When requested why this had occurred, Terry mentioned he didn’t wish to transcend the Police Department’s assertion mentioned.

“The officer involved in the shooting Wednesday night in the Austin neighborhood has been relieved of police powers, effective today, while the Civilian Office of Police Accountability is conducting this investigation,” in response to the assertion.

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