Off-Duty Chicago Cop Kills Man Whose Daughter He Mistakenly Ran Over [VIDEO]
An off-duty police officer in Chicago took the life a man, after mistakenly running over his 4-year-old daughter Saturday (Aug. 11). The officer, whose identity has not been revealed crashed into the girl while riding his motorcycle at around 10 p.m.
Tinayah Middleton, 18, was walking across the street with the young girl—who is her cousin—when she was struck by the bike. The officer was heading home after his shift and didn't see the pedestrians in time, so he jumped off the motorcycle to avoid hitting them, and was unsuccessful in his attempt. The child, who was headed to go be with her parents, was badly injured in the accident. “Her face was skinned, skin on her face, revealed her uncle. “She's in a lot of pain right now.”
Once the father, 26-year-old Christopher Middleton, saw that his daughter was hit, her ran outside and confronted the officer, allegedly screaming expletives. According to police, after the officer identified himself, Middleton replied that he didn't care, and punched him in the face. The officer was also said to be hit in the back of the head by another person.
The officer pulled out his gun, and fired once, hitting Middleton in the groin. Tanya Jones, Middleton's fiancée and mother of the child, witnessed the incident. “Chris asked him, 'Why did you shoot me, why did you shoot me,' ” she said. Jones then ran towards the officer saying “Please don't shoot him no more.” Unfortunately it was too late, and Middleton was dying. “I saw him take his last breath,” she added. “He was a father trying to protect his daughter. He was never a violent person.”
Jones laid on top of Middleton and dialed 911. He was transported to Loyola University Medical Center where he died just before 10:30 p.m.
According to spokesman for the police department, the officer acted in self-defense, and was in fear of his life.
The second man who approached the officer alongside Middleton, 18-year-old John Passley, was charged with one count of aggravated battery to a police officer and aggravated battery on a public way Monday (Aug. 13). Passley will appear before a judge sometime today.
As for Middleton's death, the Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting.
Chicago has been plagued by excessive gun violence, as more than 300 people have been killed since the start of the year.
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