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Chicago Police Body Camera Video Displays Deadly Shootout in South Shore

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) reveals body camera footage capturing fatal police shooting in South Shore Chicago
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On November 6, around noon, officers initiated an investigatory stop on Tranza Campbell, 32, near 73rd and Dante. Attempting to question him, Campbell fled, firing at the officers and injuring one. In response, officers shot and wounded Campbell, who succumbed to his injuries at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

COPA disclosed the body cam footage, depicting an officer pursuing Campbell, subduing him to the ground amidst gunfire. Campbell, kneeling on the sidewalk, fired at the tackling officer. Subsequent shots were fired by other officers as Campbell collapsed.

The video also reveals a gunshot wound on the injured officer's arm. According to COPA, three on-duty officers and a sergeant in an unmarked vehicle attempted to stop Campbell, resulting in a physical altercation leading to gunfire.

The sergeant and two officers fired shots, fatally injuring Campbell. The wounded officer was in good condition at the hospital.

A firearm was recovered at the scene, and COPA's investigation remains ongoing.

All four officers involved are on 30 days of administrative leave, following standard protocol for police-involved shootings, with the leave set to conclude on Wednesday.

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