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Bodycam Footage Shows Police Officer Fatally Shoot Man In Old Town Alley

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability released the video Tuesday. It shows the moments leading up to a shootout between the man and a police officer last month in Old Town.

Body camera footage released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability shows the moment before the police officer fired shots at the man in Old Town.
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OLD TOWN — Body camera footage showing a Chicago police officer fatally shoot a man in Old Town last month has been released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

The shooting happened about 5 a.m. Oct. 2 in the 400 block of West Blackhawk Street, where police were searching for a man who pulled a gun on a neighbor, Supt. David Brown said at the time.

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Police on the scene of a police shooting in Old Town on Oct. 2, 2022.

Police found a man who matched the description witnesses gave and tried to stop him, but he took off running, Brown said. The man escaped, but officers saw him again and tried to detain him, Brown said.

That’s when one officer shot and killed the man, Brown said. A gun was found at the scene, as well as bullet casings that did not match the officers’ guns.

Deputy Chief Jill Stevens said “shots were fired at and by police.”

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The shooting remains under investigation by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which released the officer’s body camera footage Tuesday.

The video shows officers pursue the man for a several minutes, repeatedly telling him to drop his weapon. One officer fires his taser twice, according to the police watchdog agency, but in the video it appears the tasers did not make contact with the man.

“Nothing to get shot over. Don’t get shot over that gun. Drop it,” the officer yells.

A gunshot can be heard as the man turns the corner into an alley, followed by the officer firing his own weapon several times, fatally hitting the man. A gun can be seen next to the man’s right hand while he is on the ground. A second officer arriving at the scene picks it up on orders of an arriving sergeant.

The investigation is ongoing.

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