Cops Fatally Shoot Man During Domestic Disturbance

Updated 08/03/11 – 9:53 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police say an officer shot and killed a man Wednesday afternoon on the West Side after two officers had been injured in a fight with the man.

It was a call about a domestic disturbance that brought police to the 300 block of North Latrobe Avenue around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Pat Camden, spokesman for Fraternal Order of Police, said an officer and a sergeant responded to the call and the sergeant was trying to handcuff a man involved in the disturbance.

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“Gets one handcuff on his wrist and at this point the offender becomes violent, starts fighting with the sergeant, hitting him about the head and face, eventually knocking him to the ground. He is now on top of the sergeant,” Camden said.

Camden said the officer tried to help the sergeant by spraying mace, but it had no effect.

“He starts fighting with the sergeant,” Camden said. “The female officer attempted to subdue the offender with Mace, but it did not have an effect on the offender — only on the two police officers.”

The sergeant was about to lose consciousness and told the female officer: “Shoot him, shoot him,” Camden said. “She did not because of the proximity between the sergeant and the offender. The sergeant realizes that if he blacks out, the offender will get his weapon so he shot the offender once.”

The suspect – identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as 35-year-old Claude A. Ellis – was pronounced dead at 2:23 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

The sergeant was taken to the hospital for bruises to his head and shoulders, and for exposure to the pepper spray. The female officer also was taken to the hospital for injuries from pepper spray.

“Anytime the police are responding to a situation, there is a weapon on the scene — meaning the officer’s own weapon,” Camden said.

Camden said he does not know whether a knife was recovered from the crime scene.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting by police.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

  • Chicago Resident

    Here the police go shooting people again. I bet he magically had a gun too, just like the 13 year-old they shot 8 times.

    • Leroy Goldberg

      Amen Jermain, AMEN!

    • NIZZER

      I hope he gets out of the hospital and SHOOTS YOU.

  • Larry Lujack WLS Mega Jock

    Spray the pepper spray so it goes away from you. Just a tip from your old uncle larry.

  • lyndia

    The man is beating the officer and the female cannot shoot mace in his face, shot him, crack him across the head with the night stick? the woman goes to the hospital from the mace, and the sergeant has been beaten in the face? All of this sounds funny to me. Nizzer, williams, goldberg, go to he22.


    Well, Justice Served! The female cop knew her limitations. She did what she was supposed to do, I am sure she did everything in her power….considering, if the offender can take down the Sarge, she would have been lite work for him to beat on.

    It’s sad for the family, but…if the offender had complied, he would have been home with his girlfriend, smoking weed, drinking a 40 and beating on the kids.


    For all you anti-police creeps,you deserve vernim like the shot offender as your neighbor.


    And just what were the shot offenders past contributions to society?Check out his past all you Monday morning QB’s.

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