A police officer shot and killed a black security guard who stopped an active shooter inside a bar on Nov. 11 in Midlothian, Illinois.
Witnesses said a group of drunken men were asked to leave Manny’s Blue Room Bar around 4 a.m. by security guards, however, one of the men came back with a gun and opened fire.
One security guard returned fire, while 26-year-old armed black security guard Jemel Roberson apprehended one of the men.
Witness Adam Harris recalled the scene for WGN-TV:
He had somebody on the ground with his knee in back, with his gun in his back like, “Don’t move.”
Witnesses said a police officer arrived on the scene, mistook Roberson for the active shooter and killed him.
Harris recalled what happened next:
Everybody was screaming out, “Security!” He was a security guard. And they still did their job, and saw a black man with a gun, and basically killed him.
Midlothian Police Chief Daniel Delaney released a statement with very little details:
A Midlothian officer encountered a subject with a gun and was involved in an officer-involved shooting. The subject the officer shot was later pronounced deceased at an area hospital.
Friends said Roberson had plans to become a police officer.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation of the original shooting, while the State Police Public Integrity Task Force investigates the Roberson shooting.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover funeral costs for Roberson’s family.
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