Body camera shows Chicago police shooting that left a man dead in Old Town

Chicago’s police oversight agency, COPA, released videos today of the police shooting that killed a man in Old Town on October 2.

COPA previously announced that the man, identified by the medical examiner’s office as 20-year-old Antonio Fitzgerald Calmese, fired a gun toward officers before they returned fire and killed him. The exchange of gunfire came after an officer deployed his Taser twice, but the device’s prongs “did not appear to make contact” with the man, COPA said.

The incident began around 5:05 a.m. after someone approached patrol officers to report that a man had pointed a gun at them, according to CPD Supt. David Brown and COPA. The officers located a suspect near Evergreen and Hudson, but he ran away. Officials said that officers searched the area, found the man again, and began to chase him on foot.

A Ring doorbell camera also captured the incident.

COPA released more than 40 videos, 911 calls, and other records related to the shooting. You can see them all at this link.

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