19-year-old Kajuan Raye was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer on Thursday in the West Englewood neighborhood. According to reports, Raye appeared to have been unarmed, when the officer shot and killed him.
Raye died of a gunshot wound to the back, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide, the office said.
Although the unnamed officer who was involved said the teen pointed a gun at him, spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Superintendent Eddie Johnson said during a Thanksgiving Day news conference that a grid search failed to uncover a gun.
The unnamed officer was responding to a battery in progress call and spotted someone who looked like the suspect. The officer identified himself as an officer and approached the man, but he began to run and the sergeant gave chase.
During the pursuit the man “turned and pointed” a weapon at the sergeant two separate times, which led the sergeant to shoot him, Johnson said.
“After considerable deliberation over the evidence and available facts including: preliminary information from detectives; the unsuccessful canvass for a weapon; and last night’s preliminary findings from the Medical Examiner, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has relieved the involved officer of his police powers pending the completion of IPRA’s case,” Guglielmi said.