A Chicago officer tried to ditched his bike to avoid hitting a 4-year old girl with his motorcycle, but the bike slid into her anyway, according to reports. The girl’s father and a relative then attacked the cop, officials say, where off-duty Chicago police officer then shot and killed her outraged father. More details below………
Fraternal Order of Police Spokesman Pat Camden said the cop “fired in defense of his life,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The 43-year-old officer, who’s an eight-year veteran of the force, intentionally ditched his motorcycle Saturday night in Maywood when he saw the little girl – identified by WLS-TV as Taniyah Middleton – suddenly run into his path.
The downed bike skidded down the street, slamming into the 4-year-old and her 18-year-old cousin John Passley, who had rushed to help her. As the officer tried to help, her 26-year-old dad, Christopher Middleton, came out of a nearby restaurant and was visibly angry and shouting.
Passley allegedly joined in by kicking the officer.
“He was about to lose consciousness to people beating him,” Camden said.
The cop drew his gun and fired once at Middleton. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital later Saturday night, leaving behind a 6-year-old son and an unborn child as well as his daughter.
“Chris was a great father,” Middleton’s cousin, Mathis Hoskin, said. “He was always helpful, never mad – always happy with a smile on his face.”
Taniyah spent the night in the hospital for severe injures, according to the Sun-Times. The officer suffered possible broken bones from the motorcycle accident, as well from the beating.
“Her face was skinned, from the skin on her face,” Darrell Davis, Middleton’s uncle, said. “She’s in a lot of pain right now.”
Maywood residents held a prayer vigil Sunday night, while cops questioned Passley, and the Independent Police Review Authority is looking into the shooting.