iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Authorities are investigating the police-involved shooting death of a 19-year-old man in Chicago on Wednesday.
The shooting occurred around 11:07 p.m. in the 1400-block of West 65th Street, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) said in a statement.
According to local ABC-owned station WLS-TV, a family spokesperson identified the deceased as Kajuan Raye of Dolton, Illinois. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Cook County Medical Examiner identified the victim as Raye as well.
Raye was shot multiple times in the stomach and later died from a gunshot wound to the back, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner, WLS-TV reported.
The death has been ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner, WLS-TV reported.
According to police, an Englewood District sergeant, who has not been identified, was responding to call about a battery in progress when the sergeant observed a male matching a description of the suspect take off on foot.
Police said in the statement that the suspect “pointed a weapon in the direction of the Sergeant on two separate occasions during the pursuit.”
“The Sergeant then indicated he discharged his weapon striking the offender,” the statement reads.
Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters on Thursday that no weapon has been recovered at the scene, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“Currently, CPD detectives and internal affairs investigators are conducting a grid search to locate any physical evidence and the offender’s weapon,” police said in the statement.
In a statement to WLS-TV, a family spokesperson said in part that the “family and friends of Kajuan Raye are heart-broken” by his death.
“The family has retained a very competent law firm to investigate, get answers and hold accountable this officer and Chicago Police Department. In the future a vigil will be held in the memory of this fun-loving and happy kid who had a bright future,” the family statement reads.
Raye’s family maintains that he did not own a gun, according to WLS-TV.
The shooting is being investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority, police said. The sergeant has been placed on routine administrative duties for the next 30 days, according to WLS-TV.
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