NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, December 26, 2015, 1:43 PM
A Chicago cop fatally shot two people Saturday morning after responding to a call of a domestic disturbance, officials said.
When they arrived on scene, “Officers were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer’s weapon, fatally wounding two individuals,” according to a statement by the Chicago Police Department.
Quintonio LeGrier, 19, was one of the victims, according to the Chicago Tribune. His mother, Janet Cooksey, said that her son was studying engineering at Northern Illinois University.
“My son was going somewhere. He wasn’t just a thug on the street,” she said.
Neighbors on scene said that when police were summoned, LeGrier was threatening his father — the building’s landlord — with a metal baseball bat, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
LeGrier’s father called the police and afterward, his mother — who was not there for the shooting — told the Tribune, “We’re thinking the police are going to service us, take him to the hospital. They took his life.”
The other victim was a 57-year-old woman who WMAQ-TV identified as Betty Jones, a mother of five.
Her daughter, Latisha Jones, told the Tribune that she woke up to the sound of gunshots. She found mother lying by the door with a gunshot wound to the neck.
“She wasn’t saying anything,” Jones said. “I had to keep checking for a pulse.”
The shooting comes a month after the release of dashboard camera video depicting the police-involved killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
McDonald, who later tested positive for PCP, was shot 16 times by police, many coming after he crumpled to the ground.
Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder for shooting the 17-year-old.