Chicago Police Release Body Cam Footage of Officer Shooting Armed Man

Chicago Police Release Body Cam Footage of Officer Shooting Armed Man

Chicago Police Department released body cam footage of an officer fatally shooting an armed man Saturday on the city’s South Side.

The man, 37-year-old Harith Augustus, appeared to be carrying a semiautomatic handgun and extra magazines for the gun under his shirt.

Body cam footage shows police approach him and move him close to a police car. Augustus can then be seen allegedly reaching for the grip of his gun as he appears to run around the vehicle.

The Daily Herald quoted Patrol Chief Fred Waller saying, “When they approached [Augustus], he tried to push their hands away. He started flailing and swinging away, trying to make his escape. And as he was making his escape, reached for his weapon.”

The Chicago Sun-Times opinion column reports that Augustus had a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card, but could not confirm whether he had a concealed carry permit. It should be noted that a FOID card allows Illinois residents to purchase a gun for home defense but does not allow them to carry one on their person.

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