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Off-duty Chicago police sergeant fires shots at vehicle

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty Chicago police sergeant fired shots at a vehicle after a person inside showed a gun during a verbal confrontation on the city’s northwest side.

Police say the sergeant was walking with acquaintances Sunday night in the Albany Park neighborhood when a group of people in a vehicle instigated a verbal confrontation. Witnesses say someone in the car showed a gun and police say the sergeant fired at the vehicle as it sped away.

Police say a person in the vehicle may have been wounded, since a male soon afterward went to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Police are working to confirm whether the wounded person was shot by the sergeant. The sergeant will be on administrative duties during the shooting investigation.

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San Antonio police continue search for man who killed officer

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The officer was writing a ticket when the suspect pulled up behind him and shot the officer in the head. The suspect then reached into the car and shot again. CNN’s Polo Sandoval reports.
By Emanuella Grinberg, Tony Marco and Max Blau, CNN
Investigators in San Antonio, Texas, are continuing their search for a gunman who they say killed an officer during a traffic stop over the weekend.
San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi was shot Sunday in his patrol car outside police headquarters, Chief William McManus said at a news conference.
Marconi, who was 50 years old, spent nearly half his life on the force.
“[When] most families will be celebrating the holidays SAPD will be burying one of its own because of an ultimate act of cowardice by a suspect who will be caught and brought to justice,” McManus said.
Suspect still on the run
A few minutes before noon, Marconi pulled over a driver on the south side of the building. He returned to his patrol car to write a ticket.
That’s when a man pulled up behind him.
The man walked up to the patrol car driver’s side window and shot the officer in the head, McManus said. The man then reached through the open window and shot him a second time, McManus said.
After the shooting, the man returned to his vehicle and drove away.
“We consider the suspect to be extremely dangerous and a clear threat to law enforcement officers and the public,” he said.
Chief: Attack resembles ambushes in Dallas, Baton Rouge
McManus likened the shooting to the fatal ambushes of police officers in Dallas, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, earlier this year.
Last July, sniper Micah Xavier Johnson killed five officers who attempted to protect activists that were marching in Dallas following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men killed by police this summer. It was the deadliest single incident for US law enforcement since September 11, 2001.
Later that month, Iraq veteran Gavin Long fatally shot three officers in Baton Rouge in an ambush attack.
Police are investigating motive in this case, including a possible connection to a Sunday morning officer-involved shooting in Dallas, McManus said.
“Unfortunately, like Dallas, like Baton Rouge, it’s happened here,” he said.
It wasn’t the only ambush attack on Sunday: A police officer in St. Louis, Missouri, was wounded in an ambush shooting but is expected to survive.
“It’s always difficult, especially in this day and age where police are being targeted across the county,” McManus added.
‘This type of crime cannot and will not be tolerated’
San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor condemned the shooting and called for patience while the investigation continues.
“I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family of the officer killed outside police headquarters today as well as to our entire police force,” Taylor said. “This type of crime cannot and will not be tolerated. I ask for the community’s thoughtfulness and patience as the investigation continues and SAPD searches for the suspect.”
Police have asked the public for their help identifying a man in connection with the shooting. Initially, police described a slim black man in his 20s or 30s with a hoodie and baggie pants as a suspect. Later, police said they were seeking to identify that man in connection with the shooting but didn’t call him a suspect. Additionally, police are looking for a black Mitsubishi Galant with chrome rims and tinted windows.
“Hopefully we’ll solve this one real quick, and if this individual is a danger to more police or anyone else we will try to get him off the street as soon as we can,” McManus said.

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Protest threat prompts high school to cancel Friday classes

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago Catholic high school has canceled classes after a protest was announced targeting the institution for alleged racial slurs following demonstrations over a police-involved shooting of a black man.

Marist High School Principal Larry Tucker says he canceled Friday classes after Black Lives Matter activists announced plans to gather at the school to denounce the alleged racist response of Mount Greenwood residents to the death of Joshua Beal of Indianapolis. The demonstration was canceled over safety concerns and protesters plan to meet Friday with city officials and Tucker.

The 25-year-old Beal was shot to death after he pointed a gun at an off-duty police officer and others during a Saturday traffic dispute in the largely white Mount Greenwood neighborhood.

Since Beal’s shooting, Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter supporters have verbally clashed during protests.
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Activists hold vigil for Pierre Loury, teen shot by CPD officer

(CHICAGO) More than 100 people, many bearing candles and balloons, gathered Tuesday evening to remember Pierre Loury at the West Side location where he was fatally shot by a Chicago Police officer 24 hours earlier.

Emotions were raw as activists mixed with people who knew Loury, 16, and accused the police of acting with impunity, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

“He’s my brother and they killed him for no reason,” Antoine Hudson, 13, said at the vigil in the 3400 block of West Grenshaw Street in the Homan Square neighborhood.

Family and friends held up Loury’s mother, Tambrasha Hudson, who cried hard as supporters called for police accountability and justice.

On Tuesday, conflicting portraits emerged of Loury, who was shot after a chase with police that began when the teen ran from a car that matched the description of a car that had been involved in a shooting earlier that evening.

After a foot chase, police said the officer fired at Loury as the teen turned toward the officer while holding a pistol behind an abandoned house in the 3400 block of West Grenshaw Street at about 7:40 p.m., about a block from Loury’s home. Police have not named the officer who shot Loury.

Deputy Police Supt. John J. Escalante told reporters Tuesday that Loury was a documented gang member who had “prior contact” with police, and a gun was found at the scene.

But family and friends painted Loury as an average teen, who aspired to a career as a rapper — a vocation he tried to fuel with videos posted to YouTube and Facebook, under the names “Pierre Santana,” “Polo,” and “Shorty Lo.”

“It wasn’t like him, he wouldn’t do that,” his mother, Tambrasha Hudson, said Tuesday.

The echoes of other recent shootings of African-American teens — Laquan McDonald and Quintonio LeGrier — by CPD officers in questionable circumstances were clear to activists who organized Tuesday’s prayer vigil.

LeGrier’s mother, Janet Cooksey, attended the vigil and held a picture of her son, who was killed by Chicago police officers during a confrontation late last year.

“The one thing I asked the mayor to do for me is is to not let another mother go through what I’m going through,” she said. “It’s time for these cops to go to jail.”

Classmates said Loury had steady attendance at Chicago Christian Alternative Academy and was quiet and reserved at school. Regina McKinney, 18, said she had known Loury since they were in grade school, and said she didn’t believe the version of events offered by police.

“I know [Loury] well enough to know he wasn’t like that,” McKinney said. “You know what I think it was? A case of mistaken identity. They saw him running, and they chased him. Of course if you see the police roll up on you, nine times out of 10, you’re going to run.”

But Loury was not shy about talking about the violence in his neighborhood on his various social media accounts. In postings on Facebook and Instagram, he posed with what appear to be pistols or with friends brandishing guns.

In a March 18 Facebook post, he wrote, “Gatta Keep Da Strap Ni – – – – Always Worried Bout Da Police . . . I’m Focused On Keepin My Life… Rather Be In Jail Than Dead Anyday.”

Two days later, he posted a link to a newspaper article about the arrest of 18-year-old Dwon Wright, on charges connected to a gang-related shooting that left three men wounded. “Free My F—in Boy,” Loury captioned the posting.

According to prosecutors, the shooting took place just a block from where Loury was shot.

Police have offered few details about the shooting, referring questions to the Independent Police Review Authority, the civilian agency that investigates police shootings and misconduct allegations. The officer who shot Loury has been placed on desk duty for 30 days, a practice the department adopted in the aftermath of the McDonald shooting.