(CBS) – The Chicago police sergeant who chased a 19-year-old Dolton man before fatally wounding him last week was involved in a deadly officer-involved shooting three years ago that raised similar questions, CBS 2 has learned.
In each case, the sergeant reported seeing a weapon, but no weapon was found.
In the most recent incident, the sergeant was seen on surveillance video chasing Kajuan Raye Wednesday night in the Englewood neighborhood.
Police say the sergeant was responding to a call of a battery in progress. Raye, who fled, was fatally shot in the back.
The sergeant says Raye pointed a weapon at him twice, according to police. But police never found one after an extensive “grid” search.
Raye’s family members and community activists have challenged the sergeant’s account of what happened. They say Ray wasn’t doing anything wrong.
Back in 2013, the same sergeant, who at the time was an officer, shot and killed Rickey Rozelle in Lincoln Park. The officer was off-duty when he says he saw Rozelle trying to break into a building.
He says he shot Rozelle because the 28 year-old wouldn’t show him his hands. The Independent Police Review Authority said the shooting was justified.
They found Rozelle threatened to kill the officer and turned toward him with a shiny metallic object. Just like in Wednesday’s shooting, investigators never found a weapon on or near Rozelle’s body.
Rozelle’s family is suing the officer and the city over that 2013 shooting. That suit is still pending.
The sergeant declined comment Monday. CBS 2 is not naming him. He has been stripped of his police powers pending an investigation into the latest shooting.
Raye’s family announced a news conference Tuesday to discuss a lawsuit.