Thursday, September 3, 2020

Sheriff Releases Bodycam Footage of Shooting

Update at 5:18 p.m. Friday, September 4 from Chicago Police:

Charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault of a peace officer, one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon and one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, is Durell Foster, 28, of the 4500 block of South Lamon.

Bond was denied earlier today, and Foster is in custody of the Cook County Department of Corrections. His next scheduled court date is September 14.

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Just released at 1:54 p.m. Thursday, September 3 by the Cook County Sheriff's Office:
Screen grab from bodycam footage showing the suspect, shot and on the ground.

"Shortly before 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, September 2, a Cook County Sheriff’s Police Officer was patrolling an area of unincorporated Cook County near Stickney when he observed a vehicle traveling at an excessive rate of speed, no front license plate, and illegally tinted windows. The officer initiated a traffic stop.

The driver of the vehicle briefly stopped, opened his door, and after refusing the officer’s request to
exit the vehicle, fled eastbound. The officer observed the subject turn into an alley and exit his vehicle with something in his hand. The officer followed the subject in his car and continued to order him to stop.

The officer saw the subject drop a black cellphone while he continued to flee on foot, ignoring the
officer’s commands to stop. The officer continued to follow the subject in his vehicle, and then
pursued on foot in the 4600 block of South Laramie Avenue, repeatedly ordering the man to stop. The subject did not stop and continued to run.

A second officer responded and attempted to assist by approaching the offender from the opposite direction. As the subject approached the second Sheriff’s Police Officer, coming within several feet of him, the subject reached into his bag and withdrew a firearm. The first officer fired multiple shots, striking the subject in the shoulder and buttocks.

EMS was immediately requested by Sheriff’s Police. The subject continued to resist the officers. He
at one point stood up and ran onto the front step of a residence. The first officer was now pointing a
taser at the subject and the officers repeatedly ordered the man to come down from the porch.

At this point, additional Sheriff’s Police officers and Chicago Police officers arrived on scene to assist the first two officers. The subject walked off the porch and then tried to run past the officers again but was subdued by police. He continued to refuse to comply with requests to calm down and actively resisted efforts to restrain him until the first Sheriff’s Police officer discharged his taser. The officers were then able to restrain and handcuff the subject.

A silver and black handgun was recovered near the offender. Also recovered was suspected bags of crack cocaine.

Chicago Police and Sheriff’s Police officers administered first aid to the man until paramedics arrived.

The subject was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital where he is in good condition.

The subject has three previous felony convictions. In 2018, he was sentenced to four years in the
Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated battery to a Berwyn Police officer after he repeatedly kicked the officer who was trying to get the subject to stop attempting to swallow a baggie of crack cocaine. He is currently on parole with the Illinois Department of Corrections on this case.

That same year, he was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of corrections for felony
possession of a controlled substance in an unrelated case.

In 2010 he pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and was sentenced to four years in the Illinois
Department of Corrections. In that case the victim was with a locksmith trying to gain entry to his car
that had been previously stolen in a carjacking incident when the subject approached and pointed a
black handgun at the victim. The subject told the victim, “You know what time it is. Don’t make me
shoot you. Gimme what you got.” The victim gave the subject his wallet and cellphone. The subject
was initially charged with armed robbery but pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery.

Chicago Police are conducting an independent investigation. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office will
fully cooperate with this independent investigation."

Bodycam footage of the shooting here:

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