Chicago police officer put on desk duty after fatal shooting sparks protests

1 killed, 4 wounded Friday in city gun violence

Chicago police officer put on desk duty after fatal shooting sparks protests

Violent protests broke out in Chicago, prompting several arrests, after a police officer fatally shot an armed man on Saturday evening following a brief confrontation. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is continuing to investigate the shooting and officials plan to release audio from the body camera footage at a later date, officials said Sunday.

Guglielmi said the initial encounter between officers and the man, and possibly the shooting, was captured by body cameras and police surveillance video.

Augustus had been armed with a "semiautomatic weapon" and "had magazines on him", Waller said Saturday.

The Chicago Tribune, citing the city's medical examiner office, identified the man as 37-year-old Harith Augustus.

There has been a string of USA police killings of black men that have sparked nationwide protests, but the name, age and race of the man shot were not released by police early Sunday.

The video shows four officers approaching Augustus outside a store.

"From police perspective, you know, these things happen in a split second", Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said during a press conference Sunday. Protesters threw rocks and bottles at officers and four were arrested as cops struck people with batons and dragged them to the ground. Dozens of people showed up, and at some point the officers had to push the crowd back. The man pushed the officers away and was shot when he appeared to reach for his weapon as he fled, Waller said.

Chicago police officer put on desk duty after fatal shooting sparks protests

Chicago has a troubled history of police shootings. Some witnesses dispute the account, one of whom describes a police officer who "jumped out of her vehicle and had a gun", stopping the man as he was crossing the street.

Three or four officers suffered minor injuries and one patrol auto was damaged, and at least four protesters were arrested, officials said.

Officers patrolling on foot tried to question the man over a "bulge around his waistband" that suggested he was armed, patrol chief Fred Waller told reporters.

The department said the shooting remains under investigation and that any officers involved will be placed on "routine administrative duties for a period 30 days".

Randale Truitt, 31, of the 200 block of East 70th Street, is charged with attempted first-degree murder. Police accounts differ slightly by the media report, but officers say they encountered the man on foot, confronted him, and when he became combative and reached for a weapon in his trousers they opened fire, per CNN.

Johnson said Augustus had a valid firearms license but did not have a concealed-carry permit.

Police released the video earlier than normal "to dispel inaccurate information", Guglielmi said on Twitter. McDonald's death led to the ouster of the police chief and a series of reforms meant to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable.

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