CHICAGO, IL — Rekia Boyd, 22 is dead after being shot in the head and Antonio Cross, 39, is clueless as to why he is being charged with one count of misdemeanor aggravated assault after suffering a gunshot injury to the hand and almost having his thumb blown off by an off-duty police detective.
Cross explained to WGN News the conversation he had with the detective after the shooting.
“Why the f*ck did you shoot me for? Awe man I thought you had a weapon. How the f*ck did you think my phone was a weapon when I was on the phone?! Why the f*ck did you shoot me?!!!”
Cross recalls the moment the detective pulled out the gun:
“I turn around I see him sticking his gun out of the window.. I said “oh my God”, and I put my hand up like this (put his hand over his face to shield himself from the gunshot) I think he tried to shoot me in my face too.”
Cross was talking to a friend on the phone when the shooting occurred and says that phone records will back him up (police confiscated his phone as evidence). The friend on the other end of the line confirms his story that he was talking to Cross on the phone when he suddenly heard five shots and then the call dropped..
He was constantly f*cking shooting his gun. I never had a gun. He told me to sit down and shut the f*ck up.. I sat down on the pole while I looked over at that young lady’s body motionless. She moved one time and never moved again.
The young lady, 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was shot in the head, she was later pronounced dead at 1:15 pm at Mount Sinai Hospital.
POLICE are saying the shooting is JUSTIFIED although THEY RECOVERED NO WEAPON FROM THE SCENE.
Cross and his friends were standing on the 1500 California block corner when a detective opened fire on the crowd. The police report states totally the opposite.. According to the police, Reportedly the officer was investigating a disturbance near his home when the officer claims a man approached his car with a gun.
Police said Cross approached the detective’s car with a handgun around 1 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of 15th Place and Albany Avenue. The detective opened fire, hitting the him in the hand but also striking Boyd in the head, according to police officials.
Officers in the area, near Douglas Park, heard the gunfire and rushed to the scene. Police said he had been taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.
Pat Camden, a police union spokesman, said the detective was in his car and stopped as he approached four people on the street who were causing a disturbance.
When he told them to quiet down, they approached his car and one of them raised a gun and pointed it at the detective, Camden said. “At that point he fired a couple of shots in fear for his life,’’ Camden said. “He hit two offenders who ran from the scene.’’
Camden said the couple were found and taken to the hospital.
Police News Affairs released a statement saying the detective rolled down the window of his car to investigate a disturbance “and observed a male offender approach him with a handgun. At that point, the offender pointed the weapon in the direction of the detective. The detective announced his office and, as a result of this action, the detective discharged his weapon from his vehicle striking the offender. The offender was transported to an area hospital.
Rekia’s brother is asking for justice and questioning how the shooting can be labeled “justified.”
So a police officer shot at 4 people who were all UNARMED leaving one dead and one alive who was smart enough to call the news and tell his story.. I will definitely be keeping up with this investigation.
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