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A Chicago police officer fatally shot a 13-year-old boy earlier this week in what authorities reportedly called an “armed confrontation.”
The teen, identified by the coroner’s office on Thursday as Adam Toledo, was shot in an alley in Little Village on Monday after cops responded to the area when gunfire was detected by ShotSpotter technology, ABC 7 Chicago reported.
Toledo, who police have said was armed, was with another suspect at the time, 21-year-old Ruben Roman, when police showed up.
The two allegedly fled, with one officer opening fire, striking Toledo once in the chest, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Toledo died at the scene. Roman was arrested and charged with resisting an officer, police said.
Police said a gun was recovered at the scene, sharing a photo of the firearm on Twitter.
Toledo’s mother, Elizabeth Toledo, questioned the use of force on her son.
“Why did he shoot at him if there’s other ways?” the mother told ABC 7 Chicago. “He was a little boy. Obviously he was gonna get scared,” she said.
The mother said her son wanted to become a police officer when he grew up.
“He was so full of life,” she told the news station. “They just took it away from him.”
The officer involved in the shooting, the report said, has been placed on desk duty amid an investigation by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.
The shooting was captured by police bodycam, but it cannot be released without a court order because of Toledo’s age, the report said, citing the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.
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