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Chicago Police: Footage shows victim reaching for weapon before fatal shooting

July 16, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Chicago Police: Footage shows victim reaching for weapon before fatal shooting

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Chicago Police officials have released body camera footage showing the fatal officer-involved shooting appearing to show the victim reaching for a holstered gun just moments before he’s shot and killed.

The shooting of 37-year-old Harith Augustus sparked violent protests across the Windy City on Saturday.

In the video, Augustus could be seen fleeing from cops into the street following a brief confrontation with them on the sidewalk.

The footage shows Augustus carrying a gun in his waistband with additional ammunition.

“It was some semiautomatic weapon,” explained Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller at a press conference. “He also had magazines on him.”

Augustus had been walking in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood when officers patrolling on foot noticed a “bulge” around his waist and stopped him for questioning, according to Waller.

Augustus became argumentative when cops confronted him.

When he attempted to flee, he appeared to reach for his weapon.

“The police department gets no joy in these type of incidents,” Waller said. “It’s not something that they plan to do. It’s just a tragic incident all the way around.”

Mass protests erupted across Chicago on Saturday following the shooting.

“It got a little bit out of hand,” Waller said. “Several arrests were made.”

Despite footage showing Waller reaching for his weapon, neighbors told local news outlets that he was a responsible gun owner who had a conceal carry license.

“Another black man killed by the police,” said witness Allen Davis, who noted how Augustus was shot several times.

“Something’s got to change,” he said. “I’m sick of this.”

CPD officials have placed the officers involved in the shooting on 30-day administrative duties and an investigation has been launched by the city’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

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