An off-duty police officer killed man in a Chicago suburb, after the officer injured the victim’s 4-year-old daughter in a bike accident, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The officer was riding home on his bike Saturday night around 10 p.m. when she saw the 4-year-old dart directly in his path, according to The Tribune. He ditched his bike to avoid hitting her but it skidded, hitting the girl and her 18-year-old cousin. The child’s father, Christopher Middleton (pictured), who was inside of a nearby restaurant, approached the officer yelling and screaming, according to authorities.
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The officer reportedly identified himself as an officer, but Middleton allegedly said that he didn’t give a (expletive) and punched the officer in the face. Another person, allegedly with Middleton, hit the cop in the back of the head. The 18-year-old cousin allegedly joined the attack of officer who was on the ground at that point. The officer, who has not been named, reportedly felt his life was in danger at that point. So he took out his weapon and shot Middleton in the groin.
Tonya Jones, who says she is Middleton’s fiance and the mother of the 4-year-old girl, said she came outside after the fight had begun between the two men. She says when the two men were getting off of the ground, the officer shot him.
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“Chris asked him, ‘Why did you shoot me, why did you shoot me,’ ” Jones said.
The officer was still pointing the gun towards Middleton, who was on the ground at the time, when Jones said she ran towards him and told him, “Please don’t shoot him no more.”