The officer who injured a 13-year-old boy with their service weapon who ran away on the West Side Wednesday night has been relieved of police powers.
“He is still an active member of the Chicago Police Department,” said Don Terry, police spokesman. “He won’t patrol the streets and he won’t be able to arrest people.”
The officer will still receive a salary, but will be moved to “desk duty,” Terry said.
The 13-year-old, who authorities say was involved in a carjacking, was shot and critically injured Wednesday night as he ran away from Chicago police officers on the 800-block of North Cicero Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood.
After fleeing on foot, the boy “turned to officers” and was shot once, Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown said during a brief press conference at the police station Thursday.
According to a statement from the Chicago Police Department, officers were “trying to stop a stolen vehicle wanted in connection with a vehicle hijacking” from Oak Park when it happened around 10:15 p.m.
The boy was shot once, fire spokesman Larry Langford said. He was apparently unarmed, authorities said, as no gun was recovered.
Brown did not say whether or not the boy had a gun when he was injured on the grounds of a nearby gas station.
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“No shots were fired at officers,” Brown added. He would not say how many times the police fired.
When asked why this had happened, Terry said he didn’t want to elaborate beyond what their statement already is.
“The officer involved in Wednesday night’s shooting near Austin has been relieved of police powers, effective today, while the Civil Bureau of Police Responsibility conducts this investigation,”