Responding officers were told by a dispatcher that a “male caller said someone is threatening his life. It’s also coming in as a domestic. The 19-year-old son is banging on his bedroom door with a baseball bat.”
A relative of the teen said it appears LeGrier came to the front door as officers from the Harrison District pulled up. Jones’ relatives believe she was behind LeGrier, near the entrance to her apartment.
Latisha Jones, 19, said she woke to gunfire and found her mother on the floor of her apartment with a gunshot wound to the neck. “She wasn’t saying anything,” the daughter said. “I had to keep checking for a pulse.”
The Police Department did not say where the victims were standing when they were shot, but blood could be seen in the small vestibule and just inside Jones’ apartment. At least one bullet appeared to have traveled through Jones’ apartment, hitting at least two walls.
LeGrier’s mother said the family was told her son was shot seven times.
“Seven times he was shot,” Cooksey said. “He didn’t have a gun. He had a bat. One or two times would have brought him down.
“You call the police, you try to get help and you lose a loved one,” she said. “What are they trained for? Just to kill? I thought that we were supposed to get service and protection. I mean, my son was an honor student. He’s here for Christmas break, and now I’ve lost him.”
She directed her anger at the mayor. “Emanuel, I want a personal apology for my son’s life,” Cooksey said. “I don’t want you to get on the news and say you’re so … I want a personal apology.”
The NIU website shows LeGrier enrolled as a freshman in fall 2014 with an electrical engineering major. He graduated from Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep high school on the Far South Side.
“My son was going somewhere,” his mother said. “He wasn’t just a thug on the street.”
Antonio LeGrier, the student’s father, said his son had “emotional issues.” He believes the officer “messed up” and shot recklessly. “I don’t feel that his life was worth losing because he got upset,” the father said.