Chicago, IL – Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) released bodycam video on Tuesday of the fatal officer-involved shooting of a man armed with a knife at a domestic disturbance in Englewood (video below).
The incident occurred just after 11 a.m. on Sept. 19 when a woman called police to an apartment located in the 6500-block of South Harvard Avenue, WGN reported.
Officers responded to the scene and talked with the woman who said her boyfriend, who was inside the apartment, had punched her and pulled a knife on her.
“He hit me all through my face, punched me on my side, everything,” the woman told officers. “He pulled a knife on me too. I want him out of my house and I’m pressing charges on him.”
Bodycam video showed that when officers tried to talk to 28-year-old Turell Brown, he came out of a back room with a knife.
The video showed Brown slowly emerged from the back room waving the knife at officers.
“Put it down, dude,” an officer yelled at Brown in the video. “Put that knife down, put it down.”
Brown ignored the officers’ commands and leaned out of the doorway waving the knife at police, the video showed.
Then he started moving toward the officers with the knife still in his hand.
Bodycam showed the officers ordered Brown to drop the knife several more times but he continued moving in their direction making jerky movements.
That’s when an officer opened fire on the knife-wielding man and fired three shots, WGN reported.
Brown fell to the ground and officers immediately began to take life-saving measures.
But despite best efforts, the suspect died as a result of his gunshot wounds, WGN reported.
The officers who were involved in the incident were placed on administrative leave for 30 days as is protocol for all officer-involved shootings.
They have since been returned to full duty on the Chicago police force, WGN reported.
Brown’s mother, Angela Wade-Brown, has questioned how a quarrel between her son and his girlfriend resulted in his death at the hands of the police, WBBM reported.
“She called me at 11 this morning,” Wade-Brown recalled. “She said, ‘You need to get out here because the police just shot your son.’”
The mother said her son’s girlfriend told her what happened after she arrived, WBBM reported.
“They asked him to put the knife down and I guess he didn’t, so then she says they shot him,” Wade-Brown said.
She said it wasn’t the first time the police had been called to the apartment after her son and his girlfriend got into a fight, WBBM reported.
“I told him if they couldn’t get along, they shouldn’t be there. But they were still being back together,” Wade-Brown said. “But I felt like even though they might have had their arguments, or whatever, it wasn’t a cause for him to lose his life.”
“They didn’t have to shoot to kill him,” she told WBBM. “They could have shot him in the arm and for him to drop the weapon. They could have shot him in the leg. But they shot and they killed him. And I feel like he didn’t have to lose his life because of that.”
COPA’s investigation of the officers’ use of force in the incident is still open, WBBM reported.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content: