A 15-year-old boy was killed during a fatal police-involved shooting on Sunday in Chicago. Relatives identified the victim as Michael Westley.
The shooting happened after officers assigned to a gang crimes unit heard gunfire in the South Side's Englewood neighborhood and spotted three people running, according to Fraternal Order of Police union spokesperson Pat Camden. Officers started chasing one of the runners, Westley, on foot and when he pointed a gun at them, they opened fire.
After being shot, Westley was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. He was pronounced dead at 11:35 p.m. Niyah Lewis, who said she was Westley's cousin, expressed frustration with the lack of details about what happened, The Chicago Tribune reported.
"We know absolutely nothing," Lewis said.
Irea Martin, who said she was Westley’s aunt, lamented the loss of such a young person.
"We're not talking about a 17-year-old," Martin said. "We're talking about a kid."
Lewis and Martin both said witnesses told them that Westley was not holding a gun when he was shot. According to Camden, the boy had two weapons — a .40-caliber handgun and a revolver —tucked into his waistband.
“He’s running, he has a gun in his hand, he turns toward the officers, two shots are fired, the offender is hit, goes down," Camden said. "He has what appears to be a Glock .40-caliber handgun with an extended clip on it, that he pointed at the officers.”
The boy’s grandmother, Eastley Lewis, said she does not believe her grandson had any guns.
“To my knowledge, he’s never been involved with having guns and anything like that,” Lewis said. “I’m sad, I’m hurt … Just can’t believe this, you know I really can’t, it’s just really unbelievable. Every time I think about it, that he’s gone, it saddens me.”
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