The woman who was killed, Bettie Jones, was a downstairs neighbor who had been asked by LeGrier’s father to keep an eye out for the arrival of the police, according to both families.
In a statement, the police said: “The 55-year-old female victim was accidentally struck and tragically killed. The department extends its deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.”
The West Side tragedy was the first of two police shootings Saturday. In the second, on the Far South Side, officers said they responded to an “assault in progress” call in the 1000 block of West 103rd Place. Police said they encountered an armed man and shot him. The suspect was taken in serious to critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, officials said.
At the same time the police confirmed that the West Side woman was killed by accident, they also announced a major policy shift: All officers involved in shootings will be placed on routine administrative duties for 30 days.
The new policy is a dramatic change from the current requirement that officers have to come off active duty for three days.
Even while acknowledging the woman’s accidental shooting, police offered a scant narrative of what occurred at the two-flat in the 4700 block of West Erie Street. They did not say why the officer fired his weapon, whether the “combative subject” was armed at the time or whether the officers had a Taser.
Questions were referred to the Independent Police Review Authority, which confirmed only that the shooting had occurred.
IPRA head Sharon Fairley responded to both of Saturday’s shootings, visiting a police detective area and the Far South Side scene. Fairley took over this month after the resignation of previous IPRA chief Scott Ando. Other fallout from the McDonald video has included charges against Officer Jason Van Dyke, the firing of police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and the launching of a federal civil rights investigation, which Mayor Rahm Emanuel first opposed but later welcomed.