A teenage boy was killed by a Chicago police officer Monday night just blocks from his home. Authorities say 16-year-old Pierre Loury was fatally shot while being chased by law enforcement.
While on routine patrol just after 7:30 p.m., officers noticed a car matching the description of a vehicle involved in an earlier shooting just a few miles away. Once officers got the vehicle to pull over and stop, Loury jumped out and started running.
“A foot pursuit ensued, and during the course of that pursuit led to an armed confrontation between the offender and the officer, resulting in the officer firing shots with his service weapon,” said Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Eugene Roy.
The female driver escaped once officers began their pursuit of Loury, and police are still looking for her.
The wounded high school junior was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, but died about an hour later. An autopsy report indicated Loury was shot in the chest.
First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante said the officer chasing Loury opened fire after the teen pulled out a gun and pointed it. Police say a semi-automatic weapon was found at the scene.
CBS News reports that Loury’s mother, Tambrasha Hudson, was devastated by the news and does not believe her son had a gun.
“My baby is gone. He was loving, caring. He helped me a lot with his other siblings. No, he didn’t have a gun, but they saying he did after the fact.”
Vantrese Frazier, the teenager’s stepfather, said the family is not interested in money, but only wants justice and the end of corruption.
Several witnesses saw the officer shoot Loury while the teenager was jumping over a fence.
“They shot him in the air,” said one woman who wished to remain anonymous. “His pants leg got caught on the fence and he hit the ground. If he hadn’t gotten shot, he would have cleared the fence.”
The unidentified woman said she heard sirens and some kind of disturbance outside around 7:40 p.m. As she looked out the window, she observed officers in pursuit and heard shouting describing the young man as “a jumper.”
She recognized Loury from the neighborhood and saw him attempting to scale a fence. She could not see a gun in the boy’s hand, but did note that it was dark out.
Chicago police have confirmed that Loury was trying to climb a fence and some of his clothing got snared.
Family members and friends tried to console Loury’s crying mother at her apartment building on Tuesday.
“Everything they said on the news is not the truth,” Hudson said sobbing. “It is not the truth. It’s not the truth.”
Also on Tuesday, more than 100 people met at the scene where Loury was shot for a vigil sponsored by Black Lives Matter Chicago and the Chicago Alliance Against Racists and Political Repression. Just after 8 p.m., the crowd spilled onto the Eisenhower Expressway, forcing police to stop traffic. Police dispersed the crowd about two hours later and arrested two protesters.
As reported by the Chicago Tribune, Loury was no stranger to law enforcement. Prior to his death, the young man had several encounters with the police and was a well-known gang member, according to Escalante.
Known by his friends by the nickname “Polo,” Loury often posted photos on Facebook of himself holding what looked like drugs and guns. He also made several mentions of the Reese Money Gang, or RMG.
Other posts show him smoking with friends and counting stacks of money. He often talked about having a “master plan” for himself.
Pending an investigation by the Independent Police Review Authority, the officer who shot Pierre Loury has been placed on desk duty for the next 30 days. The officer was not equipped with a body camera.
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