A young black man riding in a funeral procession was shot by an off-duty police officer on Saturday, according to abc7chicago.
The victim was Joshua Beal, 25, father of two.
Beal’s family says the off-duty officer cut off the family’s vehicles taking part in a funeral procession of Joshua’s cousin, who had recently passed. An argument ensued, in which Beal informed the officer he had a concealed weapon permit. He was shot right after.
Police accounts of the events contradict these statements, with officers claiming that the argument began because the procession was blocking a fire lane. An officer reported that Beal was holding a gun, and when he “failed to drop his weapon, shots were fired striking the individual multiple times,” police said.
However, another source from within the police claimed that Beal fired upon the officer first.
Officer involved shooting – 111TH & TROY. Off-duty officer was fired upon and returned fire. PIO en route
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) November 5, 2016
The officers responsible for shooting Beal will be put on routine administrative duties for the next 30 days, and the Independent Police Review Authority has reportedly opened an investigation on the incident.
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