The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) released video and other materials related to the shooting of an off-duty Chicago police officer in September. Video shows other officers converge on the suspect vehicle and one officer discharge his weapon at the vehicle.
The incident began when an off-duty member of the Chicago Police Department was involved in an incident with another driver that resulted in the officer being shot in the face. Following the shooting, responding officers viewed video from a nearby business and identified the shooter’s vehicle, reports COPA.
Officers located and began to converge on the suspect vehicle and two officers approached the vehicle while giving verbal commands.
The individual driving the suspected vehicle began to flee and one officer discharged his firearm, without striking the subject.
Police department policy generally prohibits officers from firing at and into moving cars "unless such force is a last resort and necessary … to protect against an imminent threat."
A police report on the shooting uses almost that exact language in describing the officer’s actions, reports FOX32. It states that the officer "discharged his firearm at the offending vehicle as a last resort to protect against an imminent threat" to his partner.