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The family of a 13-year-old boy killed by Chicago police earlier this week in an “armed confrontation” hired a lawyer and wants to seek justice for his death.
Adam Toledo was shot and killed by police Monday after an early morning Shot Spotter alert in the 2300 block of South Sawyer.
The teen was identified Thursday as Toledo de La Villita by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Officers say the 13-year-old was armed and fled police with another suspect.
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Toledo’s life ended in an alley after what Chicago police say was an “armed confrontation.” The officer fired a shot, according to the Civil Police Responsibility Office.
Police shared a photo of a weapon allegedly recovered at the scene. A second suspect, Rubén Román, 21, is charged in the incident with a misdemeanor for resisting an officer.
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He was 13 years old.
The boy’s family released a statement late Thursday night, calling his death the result of “the unreasonable conduct of a Chicago police officer.”
The statement also said that although Toledo was killed on Monday, his family was not notified for two days.
“Adam was a seventh grader at Garvey School, he enjoyed sports and was a good kid. He didn’t deserve to die like he did,” the statement said. “The Toledo Family will seek justice for this reprehensible crime.”
Weiss Ortiz PC now represents the family.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling for the release of body camera video of the incident.
The incident was captured on body camera video, but cannot be released without a court order given Toledo’s young age, according to COPA.
A COPA spokesperson said in an updated statement Thursday night: “COPA is currently doing everything possible and investigating all legal avenues that will allow public disclosure of all video materials capturing the tragic fatal shooting of Adam Toledo from 13 years”.
“He was so full of life,” said Elizabeth Toledo, his mother, on Thursday. “They just took it away.”
Toledo was overwhelmed by the loss and surrounded by family as she planned the funeral of her 13-year-old son.
“I just want justice. I just want answers … what happened?” Toledo said. “I just want justice for my son. That’s it.”
Toledo’s mother said she used to sneak out at night while she slept, and she had filed a missing person report for her son last Thursday after she noticed he was missing.
She told ABC7 that Toledo finally returned on Saturday, but had escaped again on Sunday night.
“Why did you shoot him if there are other ways?” Toledo said. “He was a little boy. He was obviously going to freak out.”
Police said officers had been dispatched to the Little Village neighborhood on the city’s West Side shortly after 2 a.m. after what is called ShotSpotter technology detected the sound of gunfire in the area.
“Officers observed two subjects in a nearby alley, one subject fled on foot” and the officers began chasing him, department spokesman Tom Ahern said.
The officers chased the person into an alley behind Farragut Career Academy High School, where one officer shot him in the chest. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
A handgun was recovered at the scene, police said. Also, Howard Ludwig, a spokesman for the police department, said investigators are still trying to determine if the teen fired a gun at the officers before he was fatally shot.
Police said the other person who ran from police officers, Ruben Roman Jr. of Chicago, was arrested on a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) is investigating the shooting and the officer or officers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative duty for 30 days, both of which are routine in police shootings.
In a statement issued Thursday afternoon, COPA confirmed the details provided by the police department. It also said the shooting was captured by a police body camera but that COPA is prohibited by law from releasing the video “absent the issuance of a court order” because the teen who was shot was a minor.
Toledo’s mom said she had aspirations to become a police officer one day.
The officer involved in the shooting was put on guard for 30 days while the Civil Police Responsibility Office investigates the shooting, police said.