MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Minnesota man and an Amtrak Police Officer were involved in a shooting Wednesday that occurred outside of Chicago's Union Station.
According to the Chicago Police Department, an Amtrak Police Officer fired his gun, hitting 25-year-old Chad Robertson in the shoulder. Robertson was transported to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.
Chicago police have not said what lead to the shooting, but did say cash and narcotics were recovered at the scene.
A statement released by members of Minneapolis and St. Paul chapters of the NAACP said Robertson was in Chicago on a one-hour layover after coming home from a family funeral in Memphis, Tenn.
The statement said, while on the layover Robertson and friends were approached by Chicago Amtrak police and a confrontation occurred. Robertson's friend went back to get it they met up down the street at a cafe, and that's when things went wrong.
"The two police officers had met them there, told them to come out, put their hands up, and began to search, and Chad ran," attorney Douglas Hopson said. "Chad ran weaponless. Chad ran with his hands up. Chad ran with his hands in clear view, and I'm told by a witness standing right near the officer that he got on one knee, and he aimed and he fired his weapon."
But witnesses say it didn't end there.
"He was also hit by an automobile as well, so this officer put his life in double jeopardy," Robertson's aunt, Pastor Theresa Love Williams, said.
The family said they want the officer responsible to be charged with a crime, and that Robertson has no feeling from his neck down.
Cook County Prosecutors have convened a grand jury to hear testimony in the case, to determine if charges are warranted against the officer. Amtrak says it is cooperating with investigators.
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