The autopsy report in the case of 18 year old Paul O’Neal, was released to the public Saturday and reveals that O’Neal died from a gunshot wound to the back.
ABC7 News reports that the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office have officially ruled Paul O’Neal’s death as a homicide. A third and final officer has been relieved of their police powers as of Saturday. Two other Chicago police officers were relieved of powers on Friday.
The fatal shooting of Paul O’Neal occurred on Thursday during a reportedly stolen car pursuit in the South Shore area of Chicago.
Law enforcement says their officers stopped a Jaguar that had been reported stolen. Officers then opened fire after the driver,sped away and sideswiped a squad car and a parked vehicle.
O’Neal was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
The investigation into the incident remains ongoing. Chicago Police Superintendent said in a statement, “it appears that departmental policies may have been violated by at least 2 of the police officers,”
Police have declined to further comment. They also have not provided any information regarding the identities of the officers involved in the event that led to O’Neal’s death.
Officer involved shootings in Chicago have come under much harsh criticism and scrutiny in the past. Last November many criticized Chicago PD following the release of footage pertaining to the death of Laquan McDonald, who was fatally shot by officers 16 times. That incident and the false statements put out by a union spokesman saying that McDonald tried to attack the police first, caused serious questioning by the public and what they were being told about shootings resulting in death.
It takes courage to take responsibility. Let’s hope taking responsibility leads down the path to a guilty verdict.
Watch body cam video of Paul O’Neal Chicago Police Shooting below: