CHICAGO – A Chicago officer shot and killed a 16-year-old boy during a chase on the city’s West Side after the teen turned and pointed a gun, police said.
Pierre Loury was a gang member and police had prior contact with him, First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante said. Loury died Monday night at a hospital. An autopsy found he suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.
Police have said Loury fled a vehicle that officers pulled over because it matched the description of one used in an earlier shooting. Escalante said a semi-automatic weapon was found at the scene.
Loury’s mother denied her son had a gun. “It wasn’t like him, he wouldn’t do that,” Tambrasha Hudson said.
The teen’s stepfather, Vantrese Frazier, said the family wants justice. The family said he was the oldest of five children, attended Community Christian Alternative Academy on the West Side and wanted to be a rapper.
The shooting comes as Chicago continues to deal with fallout stemming from the fatal 2014 police shooting of another black teenager, Laquan McDonald. The city’s aldermen voted unanimously Wednesday to make longtime Chicago officer Eddie Johnson the new police superintendent to succeed Garry McCarthy, who was fired amid protests over the November release of the McDonald shooting video.
The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the latest police shooting. The officer who shot Loury will be placed on paid desk duty for at least 30 days, Escalante said. That’s a new department policy after an officer in December fatally shot a college student who police say had a baseball bat and accidentally shot and killed a woman who was the young man’s neighbor.
More than 100 people gathered Tuesday night in the wake of Monday’s shooting. They chanted “Justice for Pierre” and marched through streets, sometimes disrupting traffic.
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