Off-duty female Chicago cop shoots man, 39, dead after he tried to grab her gun, after she broke up a fight he was having with other parties – family’s $10M lawsuit alleges cop used ‘excessive and violent physical force’
‘I told your dumb a**, I’d kill you’ off-duty female cop told a man who tried to rob her of her gun, after she shoots him in the ensuing struggle
Injured man told her ‘I’m sorry, I don’t want to die’ before passing away in hospital
Footage shows the cop and the man tussle for control of the firearm
He’d tried snatch her ‘off-duty’ gun when she turned to leave after breaking up a fight he was having with some other men
The cop can be heard repeatedly warning the perp that she would kill him
Leevon Smith, 39, was shot three times in the stomach
He succumbed to his injuries three days later
Prior to his death, Smith was charged with aggravated battery and attempted robbery
His family in a lawsuit accused cop of using ‘excessive and violent physical force’ in the circumstances
$10M lawsuit against officer and the city allege that Smith’s estate has been ‘diminished’ due to funeral costs
A woman shot dead a man who tried to attack her and steal her gun seconds after she repeatedly warned him: ‘I’ll kill you.’
The incident occurred in Chicago on January 17. The woman in question was an off-duty female officer with the Chicago police Department.
The man involved in the incident, Leevon Smith, was shot three times in the stomach. He succumbed to his injuries three days later.
The officer originally tried to break up a fight involving 39-year-old Smith and three others outside of an apartment building on the city’s notoriously violent South Side.
Video recorded after the other parties to the altercation left the scene shows the officer and Smith speaking for a few seconds before she tried to leave as well.
Off-duty female Chicago cop shoots Leevon Smith dead when he tried to steal her gun as she was breaking up a fight
The footage shows that the moment the officer turned her back, Smith attempted to grab her gun.
As the officer turns her back, Smith begins to attempt to grab her. The officer immediately reacts and begins fighting back against her attacker.
They pair struggle and wind up wrestling on the ground with the woman’s shoes coming off.
Eventually, the officer is able to get the upper hand and gains control of her gun, shooting Smith at close range
Two shots can be heard at which point he can be heard saying: ‘You got me, you got me.’
As she screamed for neighbors to call 911, the officer shouts at Smith: ‘I told your dumb a**, I’d kill you.’ She then fires a third and final shot.
‘Damn, baby, I’m sorry. I don’t wanna die,’ Smith can be heard saying.
‘You thought I was playing, I told you I’d shoot you,’ she replies. ‘I told your dumb a** I’d shoot you. You tried to steal my f*****g gun.’
‘Didn’t I just say I’d kill you? Didn’t I just to say I’d kill you?’ she adds.
‘I told your dumba** I’d shoot you. You tried to steal my f***ing gun. I don’t give no f*** about him. He just tried to rob,’ she shouts for her neighbors to hear.
Eventually, the officer called 911 herself telling the dispatcher: ‘Oh my God, he just tried to rob me. He just tried to steal me off-duty gun.”
In the call, she identifies herself as a cop and says that she had been trying to call her bosses but her calls were unanswered.
The officer has been on the job since June 2022, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Another officer arrives on the scene before an ambulance. The responding officer asks the shooter: ‘Where’d you hit him?’ ‘I don’t know,’ she answers.
‘F*** it. I can’t believe this happened to me,’ she added.
The arrest report describes the lead-up to the shooting as a ‘verbal argument’ and accuses Smith of ‘attempting to disarm her.’
As a result of the shooting, the cop was put on administrative leave for 30 days. She was also treated for a laceration above her right eye.
A tactical report on incident describes the officer as being placed in ‘imminent danger’ as Smith attempted to take her firearm. She has not been charged wit ha crime.
On a 911 call about the original argument published by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, a voice can be heard saying: ‘Just give me my bag back, bro.’
After wounding Smith, the officer held him upright for a time. After Smith fell over, the officer stood over him, in the background you can see her croc shoe that came off in the struggle.
A neighbor can be heard saying on a 911 call about the shooting: ‘There’s a lady outside with a gun and she shot somebody. … She’s going inside with the gun.’
‘The tussle that they had, almost had me in tears because she’s a tiny little person. I’m glad that she was able to keep herself together and do what she needed to do to come out alive,’ another neighbor who witnessed the shooting told Fox Chicago.
The officer and the city are facing a $10 million lawsuit from Smith’s family alleging that his estate has been ‘diminished’ due to funeral costs.
His family also ‘suffered injuries as a result of his death, including, but not limited to, the loss of companionship and society, grief, sorrow and mental anguish,’ the suit says.
The lawsuit accuses the cop of using ‘excessive and violent physical force’ and alleges that she should have ‘knew or should have known that such force was not necessary in light of the circumstances.’
He was pronounced dead at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Prior to his death, Smith was charged with aggravated battery and attempted robbery.
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