The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) continues its investigation, canvassing the neighborhood, contacting witnesses and reviewing video of the officer involved shooting which occurred at 2098 E. 71st Street.
Early reports indicate officers were on patrol and observed a man believed to be carrying a firearm. An officer discharged their firearm fatally wounding the individual. A weapon was recovered at the scene.
“I understand and empathize with the community’s concerns and want to assure the public that we are committed to conducting a fair, thorough, impartial and objective investigation. We need those with relevant information to contact our office to reach a conclusion based upon all the facts of the case,” said COPA Chief Administrator Sydney Roberts.
“I am asking the community for patience and cooperation to give COPA the opportunity to do the job we are tasked to do, to conduct our investigation and render a finding based exclusively upon the facts. The loss of life is always tragic no matter the circumstances and our condolences are with the family,” said Roberts.
As the lead investigative body in all fatal shootings by CPD, COPA will investigate the actions of all the involved officers, working in concert with the Cook County States Attorneys Office (CCSAO) who will determine if criminal charges are warranted. While that decision is being reached, COPA will continue its administrative investigation of these officers to determine if the use of force was in compliance with CPD Policy.
During the course of this investigation if other actions are discovered inconsistent with policy or police practices, recommendations for policy changes or training may also be made.
If anyone has additional information or video helpful to our investigation, please call 312-746-3609 or visit chicagocopa.org