August 16, 2016 10:42 am

Chicago Cop Who Shot Paul O’Neal in Back While Running Says He Was Reaching for Waistband

The cop who fatally shot Paul O’Neal, 18, in the back says the teen was reaching for his waistband when shot.

O’Neal led police on a chase in a stolen Jaguar after they tried to pull him over.

“During the pursuit offender failed to comply with verbal commands while reaching into his waistband,” the report states, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

Bodycam video from officers showed a confused scene following the chase.

The officer who fired the fatal shots “perceived shots to be coming from Of (offender).”

Officers involved in the pursuit violated policy as well, the Tribune confirms:

The videos show the chaos that ensued after O’Neal, driving a car reportedly stolen from Bolingbrook, clipped a police SUV and parked car in the South Shore neighborhood. Officers fired several shots at the fleeing sports car before it barreled into a police SUV down the block, the videos show. Other officers appeared to be directly in the line of fire when police shot at the fleeing vehicle.


Departmental policy specifically bans shooting at a car when it is the lone threat to an officer or others.


After O’Neal ran from the Jaguar, police chased him into a backyard, firing about five more shots, the video clips show. O’Neal died of a gunshot wound to the back, authorities said.



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