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#1 User is offline   Ladybird 

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 08:56 PM

Officer shoots, kills armed security guard outside south suburban bar


Posted 7:09 AM, November 11, 2018, by Erik Runge and Gaynor Hall, Updated at 05:40AM, November 12, 2018

ROBBINS, Ill. — Witnesses said a Midlothian police officer responding to a shooting inside a south suburban bar shot at the wrong person early Sunday morning.

After security asked a group of drunken men to leave Manny’s Blue Room Bar around 4 a.m. Sunday, witnesses said someone came back with a gun and opened fire. Security returned fire, and according to witnesses, 26-year-old armed security guard Jemel Roberson apprehended one of the men involved outside.

"He had somebody on the ground with his knee in back, with his gun in his back like, 'Don’t move,'" witness Adam Harris said.

Soon after, witnesses said, an officer responding to the scene fired at Roberson — killing him.

"Everybody was screaming out, 'Security!' He was a security guard," Harris said. "And they still did their job, and saw a black man with a gun, and basically killed him."

Authorities were releasing few details Sunday night. Four other people, including the suspected shooter, sustained non-life threatening injuries.

A spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff's Office said Roberson had a valid FOID card, but did not have a concealed-carry license.

In a statement, Midlothian police confirmed two officers from the department responded to the scene of the shooting and that one of them opened fire.

"A Midlothian officer encountered a subject with a gun and was involved in an officer-involved shooting. The subject the officer shot was later pronounced deceased at an area hospital," Chief Daniel Delaney of the Midlothian Police Department said in a statement.

Friends said Roberson was an upstanding guy who was also a musician, playing keyboard and drums at several Chicago-area churches, who had plans to become a police officer.

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 04:41 PM

The family is suing.
https://www.chicagot...1113-story.html

A good guy with a gun takes down the bad guy, and for his trouble gets shot.
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Posted 13 November 2018 - 10:54 PM

Yes, this one is clearly a real tragedy, an actual example of police stupidity, unlike so many of the incidents about which people make the same claim.

I fully support the family's legal action. If this was a member of my family I'd be suing too.

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 10:29 AM

View PostLadybird, on 13 November 2018 - 04:41 PM, said:

The family is suing.
https://www.chicagot...1113-story.html

A good guy with a gun takes down the bad guy, and for his trouble gets shot.



Pretty much.
And yeah, this looks like a case where protests are quite justified and heads need to freaken' roll.
Then again remember you are dealing with an area where good guys with guns is a pretty rare occurrence.
Sadly, there is a hell of a lot of cops especially in areas where law abiding legal owners is extremely restricted making it statistically non existent where even a law abiding owner will get treated like a criminal upon first contact. Would also be very helpful to hear how this was called in and what dispatch had relayed to the responding officer. Would also like to see body cam footage and audio.


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