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Chicago Police Open Fire On Man With A Bat, And End Up Killing Innocent Mother Of Five

Chicago Police Open Fire On Man With A Bat, And End Up Killing Innocent Mother Of Five

By Amanda Holpuch for The Guardian

Chicago police accidentally killed a 55-year-old mother of five early Saturday when responding to a domestic disturbance, according to a police statement late Saturday.

“The 55-year-old female victim was accidentally struck and tragically killed,” the statement said. “The department extends it’s [sic] deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.”

Bettie Jones was one of two victims killed by police in the incident. The other victim was Quintonio Legrier, 19, whose father lived in another unit in the building and reportedly called the police.

The shooting occurred at about 4.25am on Saturday when police were responding to a domestic disturbance call in the building where they live, according to police and family members.

“Upon arrival, officers were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer’s weapon, fatally wounding two individuals,” the Chicago police department said in a release.

The police dispatcher told officers that a “male caller said someone is threatening his life”.

“It’s also coming in as a domestic,” the dispatcher continued. “The 19-year-old son is banging on his bedroom door with a baseball bat.”

The police did not say whether any weapons had been recovered at the scene. They also did not specify how many officers were involved in the shooting.

“The officer(s) involved will be place on routine administrative duties for a period of 30 days,” police said.

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