Chicago police fired 96 shots after a shooting broke out at a fatal traffic stop, the agency says. This is what the body camera footage shows

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Police are working the scene of an officer-involved shooting that killed Dexter Reed on March 21.


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Newly released body camera footage reveals the chaotic moments before and after 26-year-old Dexter Reed was shot and killed during a traffic stop by Chicago police.

The deadly encounter occurred in a residential neighborhood on March 21. In one video, an officer approaches the driver of a white vehicle with tinted windows. “Roll down the window. Roll down the window,” he tells the driver. But he keeps rolling up the window.

“What are you doing?” the officer asks. “Don’t roll up the window. Don’t roll up the window!

The officer pulls the handle of the closed driver’s door and draws his gun. “Open the doors now! Open the doors now! she shouts, as another officer shouts the same demands.

The driver apparently says, “Okay, I’m trying.” But seconds later, as the officer leaves the vehicle, gunshots erupt.

Then dozens of gunshots are heard in rapid succession. Reed’s body is later found face down behind the vehicle.

chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability released the video.

“COPA’s administrative investigation into the officers’ use of deadly force began immediately after the shooting and remains ongoing,” the accountability office said in a statement Tuesday.

“Preliminary reports indicate that this incident began when five Chicago Police officers assigned to a District 11 tactical unit detained Dexter Reed, Jr. for allegedly not wearing a seat belt,” COPA said.

“Upon stopping Mr. Reed, several officers surrounded his vehicle while giving verbal commands. When Mr. Reed did not comply with these orders, the officers pointed their firearms at Mr. Reed and eventually there was an exchange of gunfire that left Mr. Reed dead and one officer shot in the forearm. Review of video footage and initial reports appear to confirm that Mr. Reed fired first, striking the officer, and four officers returned fire,” the office said.

It was not immediately clear from CNN’s review of the body camera footage who shot first.

“The available preliminary evidence also confirms that officers returned fire approximately 96 times over a 41-second period, including after Mr. Reed exited his vehicle and fell to the ground. Mr. Reed was struck by gunfire multiple times and was transported to the hospital and later pronounced deceased. “A weapon was recovered in the front passenger seat of Mr. Reed’s vehicle.”

It is unclear if any of the officers involved in the shooting will face criminal charges. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. he said Tuesday.

“It will be our job, based on the totality of the evidence, to determine whether the use of force in this case went beyond what is permitted by law,” Foxx said.

“Our Law Enforcement Accountability Division, also called LEAD, will carefully examine the totality of the circumstances and determine whether the force used here by officers was justified or constitutes grounds for criminal charges.”

Police body camera footage has played an increasingly important role in raising awareness and understanding of officer-involved shootings. These tests have been used to help convict some officers of crimeswhile another The officers have avoided criminal charges. after body camera footage was released.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

CNN’s Jack Hannah contributed to this report.

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