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Chicago police 'accidentally' shoot and kill 55-year-old woman

By Andrew V. Pestano
Chicago police 'accidentally' shoot and kill 55-year-old woman
A Chicago police officer has been put on administrative duty for 30 days after "accidentally" killing a 55-year-old woman while responding to a domestic disturbance call. Pictured, a demonstrator confronts a Chicago police officer Dec. 9 while protesting after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressed the City Council about the recent troubles in the Chicago Police Department. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI | License Photo

CHICAGO, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Chicago police shot and killed two people during a domestic disturbance call, including Bettie Jones, 55, who police said was "accidentally struck and tragically killed."

Quintonio LeGrier, 19, was killed along with Jones, but police police did not specify what led to the domestic disturbance call Saturday morning. The officer involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative duty for 30 days.

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"Upon arrival, officers were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer's weapon which fatally wounded two individuals," Chicago police said in a statement. "The 55-year-old female victim was accidentally struck and tragically killed. The department extends it's deepest condolences to the victim's family and friends."

WLS-TV reported LeGrier's family said he suffered from mental illness and threatened his father with an aluminum bat. LeGrier's father called the police and then called Jones, his downstairs neighbor, to ask if she could open the door when officers arrived.

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When police arrived, LeGrier reportedly charged down the stairs while still carrying the bat. Police opened fire and both LeGrier, a college student, and Jones were shot. An independent police review agency will investigate the incident.

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"An innocent lady got shot as well because the police were trigger happy," LeGrier's mother, Janet Cooksey, told WLS. "I went to the hospital. My son has seven bullet holes in him."

Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement.

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"Anytime an officer uses force the public deserves answers, and regardless of the circumstances, we all grieve anytime there is a loss of life in our city," the statement read. "All evidence will be shared with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office for additional review in the days ahead."

The incident comes less than a month after Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy resigned upon request by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The embattled police department has faced recent criticism for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

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