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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Police Shooting of Chicago Man

December 29, 2015  | 

The father of Quintonio LeGrier, the 19-year-old man fatally shot by Chicago police as he reportedly charged them with a baseball bat over the weekend, has taken legal action against the city of Chicago.

On Monday, Antonio LeGrier filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging the officer shot his son without justification, used excessive force and failed to provide medical care as he lay bleeding on the floor.

Antonio LeGrier also sued on grounds of false arrest. He is seeking damages exceeding $100,000.

City officials did not immediately reply to CNN's request for comment on the lawsuit.

Police said officers went to the LeGrier residence early Saturday morning after Quintonio LeGrier, 19, threatened his father with an aluminum bat. Antonio LeGrier called police and then called his downstairs neighbor, Bettie Jones, to open the door when officers arrived, CNN affiliate WLS reported.

Quintonio LeGrier charged down the stairs carrying the bat, police say. Police opened fire, and both Quintonio LeGrier and Jones were fatally shot.

Jones, a mother of five, shouldn't have been shot, police say. She was "accidentally struck and tragically killed" by an officer.

Comments (5)

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132&Bush @ 12/29/2015 7:00 PM

Holy cow, does somebody have to have a nuke for them to be considered armed these days.

kevCopAz @ 12/30/2015 7:46 PM

wow, is the kid even in the ground yet? There must be some ambulance chasing lawyers in Chicago! Geez wait a respectable time period, let there be an investigation before you sue, but then again for those type of folks its like hitting the lottery and they want the cash fast! what a shame.

OK @ 12/31/2015 11:30 PM

I was thinking the same thing.

FDC @ 1/2/2016 11:19 AM

He threatens the father with a bat who is in fear for his life so he calls the police. When the police arrive he then charges at them with a bat and they shoot him. Now he has the unmitigated gall to sue the police for wrongful death!

Bob peterson @ 1/2/2016 4:31 PM

Things are going to go the other way soon. People are tired of all the protests and lawsuits against the police. If you run towards the police with guns and bats you need to be shot. It's a learning experience. You would think eventually thugs would realize that guns and bats are bad toys. These cities need to start protecting their police and stop rewarding people for stupidity. Black lives matter is a racist group that needs to be stopped at all costs. We need to stop the madness. I sure hope a new president will turn this society around.all lives matter.

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