By: Teddy Grant
A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed by a police officer on Monday in what’s being described by law enforcement as an “armed confrontation,” Chicago officials confirmed with ABC News.
According to the Chicago Police Department, the incident happened in the city’s Little Village neighborhood when law enforcement responded to a call of multiple gunshots and two males in an alley.
One of the allegedly armed individuals ran from officers, who pursued him by foot, leading to a confrontation that resulted in one of the cop’s firing his weapon, striking the person in the chest, killing him, according to ABC News.
The deceased was identified as 13-year-old Adam Toledo, according to his mother, Elizabeth Toledo, and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
“My greatest fear as the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department has been a deadly encounter between one of our own and a juvenile especially given the recent rise in violent crimes involving juveniles throughout the city,” Chicago’s police superintendent said in a statement Thursday. “Unfortunately, this fear became a reality earlier this week.”
Adam’s mother told the ABC affiliate station in Chicago that her son “was so full of life” and the police “just took it away from him.”
The teen’s family is demanding answers about the incident and is seeking “justice for this reprehensible crime.”
Toledo told Chicago’s ABC 7 that Adam would sneak out at night while she was sleeping and that she filed a missing person’s report on her son on March 25.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has requested the officer’s bodycam footage to be released.
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability said in a statement on Thursday that it “is currently making every effort and researching all legal avenues that will allow for the public release of all video materials which capture the tragic fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo.”