"My biggest fear as the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department was a deadly encounter between our very own and a juvenile particularly given the current increase in violent crimes involving juveniles through town," Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said in a statement Thursday. "Regrettably, this fear became a reality earlier this week"
The episode unfolded in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood during the wee hours of Mondaywhen officers responded to an alert to numerous gunshots and seen two men in a street. Among those people, that had been supposedly armedforces, returned from the officers, resulting in a foot pursuit followed by a confrontation, even according to a preliminary announcement by the Chicago Police Department.
Among the officers fired his weapon, hitting the person from the torso. A weapon has been recovered as well as the man was declared dead at the scene. Another man was apprehended and stays in custody, authorities said.
The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office after identified the dead person as 13-year-old Adam Toledo. The boy's mom, Elizabeth Toledo, additionally supported his departure to Chicago ABC channel WLS.
"He had been so filled with life," she informed WLS. "They simply took it away from him."
As she intends her son's funeral, the grieving mom said she would like to understand"what happened"
"I only want justice for my son"
The Chicago Police Department didn't release the boy's age or name since the superintendent stated that he did"not need to violate his privacy as a juvenile." The officer involved was placed on routine administrative responsibility for 30 days, according to Brown.
"COPA is now making every attempt and exploring all legal avenues which will enable for the general release of video substances which catch the horrible fatal shooting of 13 year-old Adam Toledo," the agency wrote on Twitter Thursday. "COPA was connected with all the Toledo household and will offer the family an overview of video materials."
The Chicago Police Department"completely" supports the COPA evaluation and"adamantly" involves the launch of"all video" associated with the episode, such as body-worn camera footage, according to the superintendent.
"The split-second choice to use deadly force is very hard for any officer," Brown said,"and is almost always a heavy burden to bear for officials involved in shooting episodes."
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot stated"it's critically important that COPA launch relevant videos to the family, then to the general public, as swiftly as possible, together with proper protections, given his age" The mayor stated"speed and transparency are crucial" since the boy's family as well as the people"will definitely have lots of questions"
"As a mom of a 13-year-old myself, I can only imagine the unbelievable pain that this boy's parents are undergoing at this time," Lightfoot wrote Twitter Thursday.