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Chicago Teen Died From Gunshot Wound to Back: Autopsy

The death of 18-year-old Paul O'Neal has been ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office



    Two Chicago officers have been "relieved of police powers" after they were involved in a fatal shooting. NBC5's Emily Florez reports. (Published Saturday, July 30, 2016)

    The 18-year-old man who was fatally shot by Chicago police on Thursday died from a gunshot wound to the back, according to an autopsy report. 

    Paul O'Neal, of the 1700 block of E 70th St, was killed around 9 p.m. Thursday night in the city's South Shore neighborhood, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. 

    His death has been ruled a homicide. 

    Two Chicago Police officers were "relieved of police powers" on Friday, a department spokesperson said, adding that the officers may have "violated" policy. The third and final officer involved was relieved from duty Saturday, according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department.

    "Tonight, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has relieved two officers of their police powers following last night's police involved shooting from 73rd and Merrill," CPD spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said Friday. 

    The officers' identities were not released. 

    "Following the release of autopsy results from the Cook County Medical Examiner this morning, Johnson spent hours behind closed doors at police headquarters Saturday getting briefed on the results and rereviewing video evidence with Department officials," Guglielmi said in a statement Saturday.

    He said the "chronology of events is complex" and still being investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority. Johnson spent the afternoon with advisors and department command staff going over the incident, Guglielmi wrote.

    Around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, officers saw a Jaguar S-Type convertible that had been reported stolen from Bolingbrook, according to police. Police said they "attempted to curb" the car near 74th Street and Merrill Avenue when the Jaguar sideswiped the police vehicle and another nearby parked car.

    Three officers then fired their weapons at the Jaguar, police said. O'Neal, who was in the car, was taken to an area hospital where he died, police said.

    According to police, officers sustained injuries while attempting to stop the vehicle and were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    The officers were wearing body cameras, police said.

    "CPD investigators determined three officers discharged their weapons in the course of their duties and given what is known thus far, it appears that departmental policies may have been violated by at least two of the police officers," Guglielmi said in the email.

    All three officers will be assigned to administrative positions pending the IPRA's investigation, he said.

    Another police-involved shooting occurred on Chicago's South Side Thursday, when officers wounded a man suspected of robbery in the city's Englewood neighborhood.