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Chicago police release video of armed suspect shot during confrontation

A screen grab from an officer’s body cam video shows holstered gun. Associated Press/Chicago Police Department

Chicago police release video of armed suspect shot during confrontation

A man killed by Chicago police had a gun in a holster on his hip and was shot multiple times as he ran away, footage released Sunday from an officer’s body-worn camera revealed. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said he released the 30-second video clip to dispel rumors that Harith Augustus, 37, was unarmed.

The video shows four officers confronting Augustus, whose shirt flew up and revealed a gun in his waistband. He then darted into the street as a police SUV pulled up. He reached toward his waistband as he fled and officers opened fire. The shooting sparked a clash later that day between protestors and police, which led to minor injuries to a few officers and four arrests.

It was the third time in two weeks a Chicago police officer has shot someone. Shootings in the city last weekend led to six people killed and 22 others wounded, according to the Chicago Tribune, including a 59-year-old woman shot in the back of the head by a carjacker.

Les Sillars

Les is a WORLD Radio correspondent and commentator. He previously spent two decades as WORLD Magazine’s Mailbag editor. Les directs the journalism program at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va.

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