Chicago police officer kills woman by 'accident'

Police officer in Chicago 'mistakenly' shoots woman after domestic disturbance call

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Protests erupt in Chicago on November 27, 2015 as a reaction to deadly shooting of Laquan McDonald in October 2014 by Chicago police officer

Two people have been killed after Chicago police responded to a domestic disturbance call in which 55-year-old Bettie Jones was killed by 'accident' on Saturday, Chicago Police Department said.

Bettie Jones and college student Quintonio LeGrier were both shot dead, Chicago Police Department said that the police officers who responded to the call "were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer's weapon."

Moreover, Bettie Jones, who lived on the first floor in the same building as the student’s family, had hosted a family dinner. She was in her house after she had seen the student outside with a baseball bat.

According to the police, Jones "was accidentally struck and tragically killed," and "the department extends its deepest condolences to the victim's family and friends."

LeGrier’s father called the police after his son arrived home and seemed angry.

The father said that his son tried to break his bedroom door with the baseball bat so he called the police. He came out after he heard gunshots.

Jones’s cousin Evelyn Glover said that "This is a wrongful death. How are you just going to fire through the door?" asked Glover, who said that Jones was recovering from ovarian cancer.

LeGrier's mother, Janet Cooksey, told the Chicago Tribune that police should not have acted this way and added that her son was struggling with a mental illness.

"We're thinking the police are going to service us, take him to the hospital. They took his life," Cooksey said.

"You call for help and you lose someone," she said.

"That has to stop."

The incident brings back memories, as well as strong reactions reminiscent of last year’s tragedy when officer Jason Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times.

TRTWorld and agencies