CHICAGO (CBS) — The prosecutor who said 13-year-old Adam Toledo was holding a gun when he was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer has been put on administrative leave.
A spokeswoman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said, “In court last week, an attorney in our office failed to fully present the facts surrounding the death of a 13 year old boy. We have put that individual on administrative leave and are conducting an internal investigation into the matter.”
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At a bond hearing last weekend for Ruben Roman, 21 – the man who was with Adam Toledo – prosecutors said Adam had a gun in his hand when an officer shot and killed him.
Prosecutors said while defendant Roman was the one to fire the gun, Adam was holding it when he was shot and killed by police at a point when Roman was already being detained.
Prosecutors said as Roman was being detained, the other officer kept chasing Adam down the alley and told him to stop, but he kept running. Adam then stopped near a break in a wooden fence, and the officer ordered Adam to show his hands, prosecutors said.
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At that point, Adam was standing with his left side toward the officer, and had his right hand at his right side, prosecutors said over the weekend. Prosecutors said this weekend that Adam turned toward the officer, and it turned out he had a gun in his right hand, prosecutors said. The officer ordered him to drop the gun, prosecutors said.
When he did not, the officer shot Adam once in the chest, prosecutors said this past weekend. The officer gave Adam CPR afterward, but Adam did not survive.
The gun that Adam was holding landed a few feet away against the fence, prosecutors said this past weekend.
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Adam was pronounced dead at the scene. His right hand also tested positive for gunshot residue, and the Ruger 9mm was recovered against the fence, prosecutors said.