CHICAGO (CBS) — It could be another week or two before an investigation is completed in the death of a 17-year-old boy who was shot by a Zion police officer earlier this month.
Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Cmdr. George Filenko said investigators were chasing down some 50 leads into the circumstances surrounding the death of Justus Howell of Waukegan.READ MORE: Death Investigation Underway After Man Found Unresponsive On CTA Red Line Platform In Old Town
Zion police have said an officer shot Howell twice in the back, after he allegedly ran down a street with a gun he’d stolen from another man.
Howell’s family has questioned whether he was armed.
Filenko said an outside expert has been trying to enhance video collected from nearby surveillance cameras, as well as police squad car video from April 4.READ MORE: Transgender Attorney Says Winnebago County Judges And Clerks Have Harassed Her
“I understand that there was some discussion publicly about some kind of a handheld video from a cell phone. We’ve yet to have anybody produce that, or contact us, and at this point we’re going to assume that that doesn’t exist, unless it does show up,” he said.
Filenko said he was providing an update of the investigation to keep the public aware of what’s going on.