The Latest: Autopsy results give details on police shootings

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Posted: Dec 27, 2015 10:39 PM
The Latest: Autopsy results give details on police shootings

CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the shooting deaths of a man and woman by Chicago police responding to a domestic disturbance call (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

Autopsy results on a 55-year-old woman and 19-year-old man fatally shot by Chicago police indicate she died from a gunshot to the chest and he from multiple gunshot wounds.

The Cook County medical examiner's office on Sunday also listed the manner of both deaths as homicides.

Such a finding doesn't necessarily indicate wrongdoing by police. The city's Independent Police Review Authority is investigating. The mayor's office says IPRA will share its evidence with the county prosecutor's office.

The 19-year-old killed, Quintonio LeGrier, was home from college and staying with his father in an upstairs apartment. The other person shot, 55-year-old Bettie Jones, lived in a ground-floor apartment.

Police have said the officers were responding to a 911 call when they "were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer's weapon." It added the "female victim was accidentally struck."

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5:50 p.m.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling on the Chicago Police Department and the main police oversight agency to review crisis intervention training in the wake of a double fatal police shooting.

He says in a release issued Sunday that he has directed the new acting chief administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority and the interim police superintendent to meet with each other as soon as possible. He says he wants them to review the training around how officers respond to mental health crisis calls.

He has asked them to determine deficiencies in the current training and determine how to immediately address them.

Nineteen-year-old Quintonio LeGrier was killed early Saturday by police responding to a domestic disturbance. A neighbor, 55-year-old Bettie Jones, was also killed. Police say Jones was hit accidentally by the gunfire.

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3:30 p.m.

About 100 neighbors, community activists and others gathered outside the Chicago home where a 55-year-old woman and 19-year-old man were fatally shot by police.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis were among those there Sunday afternoon. Several people held signs. One read: "Stop Killing Us."

At one point, several in the crowd started chanting, "This is not an accident!"

Some put candles on the porch of the home. Quintonio LeGrier's mother, Janet Cooksey, placed flowers on the railing.

LeGrier and Bettie Jones were shot as officers responded to a domestic disturbance call early Saturday. Police say Jones was shot accidentally.

The shootings came amid scrutiny of police. The Chicago Police Department is under a federal civil rights investigation that will look into patterns of racial disparity in the use of force.

Both LeGrier and Jones were black.

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11:55 a.m.

Family members of a 55-year-old woman and 19-year-old man fatally shot by Chicago police say officers must stop killing residents.

Janet Cooksey, the mother of Quintonio LeGrier, says the Chicago Police Department has failed her and so many others. She says she used to watch the news and see other families who lost their loved ones to police shootings and now it's happened to her.

Jacqueline Walker, a friend of Bettie Jones, asked why police "shoot first and ask questions later." She says they should use stun guns or other nonlethal methods instead.

The women spoke at a news conference Sunday in front of the house where the shooting happened early Saturday. The home is split into two apartments.

They say Mayor Rahm Emanuel needs to step up and improve the situation with police. Others who spoke called for the mayor to step down.

Jones was accidentally shot as officers responded to a domestic disturbance call. LeGrier was also fatally shot. The shooting is being investigated by the city's Independent Police Review Authority.

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This story has been corrected to show that Jones was accidentally shot, not Walker.

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10:30 a.m.

Authorities in Chicago aren't offering more details about the fatal police shooting of a 55-year-old woman and 19-year-old man.

Police have said Bettie Jones was accidentally shot and killed about 4:25 a.m. Saturday as officers responded to a domestic disturbance call. A student at Northern Illinois University, Quintonio LeGrier, was also fatally shot.

The circumstances of the shootings aren't clear, including whether one or several officers opened fire and why.

Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Sunday that officers' role in the shooting is being investigated by the city's Independent Police Review Authority. He also said police can't comment.

IPRA spokesman Larry Merritt declined comment on the shooting.

A prayer vigil for Jones is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

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8:20 a.m.

Pastors and community residents have scheduled a prayer vigil at the site where a 55-year-old woman and 19-year-old man were shot and killed by Chicago police.

The vigil is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday in honor of Bettie Jones, who police said was accidentally shot and killed about 4:25 a.m. Saturday as they responded to a domestic disturbance call in a West Side neighborhood. Quintonio LeGrier, a student at Northern Illinois University, was also shot.

Rev. Marshall Hatch said the family is "absolutely devastated."

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement that the shooting is being investigated by the city's Independent Police Review Authority. Law enforcement involved will be placed on 30-day administrative duty as part of a new policy.

The Chicago Police Department is also the subject of a federal civil rights investigation.