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North Miami Police Officer ID’d After Shooting of Unarmed Man

Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce/Facebook(MIAMI) — North Miami Police Officer Jonathon Aledda was identified Friday as the officer involved in the shooting of an unarmed man earlier this week.

City officials said Aledda is a member of the department’s SWAT team. He was placed on paid administrative leave.

Jeff Cazeau, North Miami City Attorney, said the release of the officer’s name was delayed due to safety concerns, but added that he is safe now.

Another officer who was at the scene, but did not shoot, was Commander Emile Holland. Holland was put on administrative leave without pay, officials said, noting there was evidence that Holland tried to fabricate the police report.

The incident happened Monday when Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, was shot and injured while lying on the ground next to a man with autism.

Kinsey’s discussion with the police during the incident was caught on video and later released by his attorney.

The officer said in a statement Thursday through the police union, before his name was released: “I took this job to save lives and help people. I did what I had to do in a split second to accomplish that and hate to hear others paint me as something I’m not.”

The North Miami Police Department had said it had received a 911 call of a man threatening to commit suicide with a gun pointed at his head. “At some point during the on-scene negotiation” with the two men, one of the officers fired, striking Kinsey, police said.

Kinsey was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

No gun was recovered, police said.

John Rivera, the president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, said Thursday that the officers “saw the white male almost on top of Mr. Kinsey, who had his hands up and who had his knees up, and to the officers, it looked like the white male was about to shoot Mr. Kinsey,” Rivera said. “The officers all thought the individual had a firearm.”

Rivera said the officer who shot “was trying to save the life of Mr. Kinsey and feels horrible that his aim missed and struck Mr. Kinsey.”

“The officers were justified in their actions. They did everything that they could do and were human beings. And we had a human being miss his target and unfortunately strike Mr. Kinsey,” Rivera said.

Kinsey’s employer told ABC News Friday that the police union tried to “change” the narrative Thursday by saying “the resident was threatening the employee,” which was “shocking.”

“I really hope they walk that back,” said Clint Bower, the president and CEO of MACtown, a provider of services for people with disabilities.

Bower called Kinsey a hero to the company, to the community and “to all the people in the disability community.”

Kinsey “did everything he was supposed to do, and was more concerned with protecting the individual he was responsible for than his own life,” Bower said.

“He can come back to work whenever he wants. If he needs to take a year off he’s getting paid,” Bower said.

Following the shooting, the autistic man “was clearly traumatized,” Bower said. “Since this happened, nobody from the city has asked me how he’s doing.”

Bower said he’d like “the city to step forward” and announce training for officers for how to work with people with disabilities.

Kinsey’s attorney, Hilton Napoleon said, Thursday morning, “There is no justification for shooting an unarmed person who is talking to you and telling you that they don’t have a gun and that they’re a mental health counselor.”

“The video clearly shows him laying on his back. The video clearly shows him with his hands as high in the air as he can possibly get them,” Napoleon said.

The footage also captured audio of Kinsey talking to police while he was lying on his back with his hands up, explaining that he is a behavioral therapist and that the man sitting at his feet is holding a toy truck.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has taken over the investigation. The state attorney’s office is also looking into the case, police said.

Napoleon said Thursday that Kinsey was physically “doing OK.”

“I think one of the biggest hurdles that’s going to be tough for him in the long run is the mental aspect of it, because he feels he really did everything he could do to cooperate and go over and beyond to show police that he’s not armed and that he’s trying to help de-escalate a situation with a mental health individual,” Napoleon said. “It’s going to be a long haul to make sure that he gets over that fear.”

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Injured Penguin Gets Back on Her Feet With Special 3-D-Printed Boot Designed by Middle Schoolers

3D Systems(MYSTIC, Conn.) — A penguin with an injured left foot is now back on her feet at an aquarium in Connecticut after receiving a custom 3-D-printed boot designed by middle school students with the help of engineers.

Purps the penguin injured her left foot about five years ago after getting into “a little bit of a spat with another bird on exhibit” at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut, said Dr. Jen Flower, the aquarium’s chief clinical veterinarian, in a video showing how Purps’ new boot came to be.

Purps had torn her flexor tendon, which is equivalent to a person’s Achilles heel, Flower said. The tear caused her pain and made her walk with a limp.

As a temporary fix, veterinary staff at the aquarium made handmade a boot for Purps that immobilized but protected and supported her damaged foot, according to Flower. However, that handmade boot constantly needed to be replaced, so earlier this year, Flower proposed looking to 3-D-printing a more durable boot for Purps.

Help came from an unlikely source — the local middle school.

Kelly Matis, the aquarium’s vice president of education and conservation, had been on a community board that had recently bought a 3-D printer for Mystic Middle School. She reached out, and a mission was launched to help Purps.

“Working as a team, Mystic Aquarium, ACT Group and the middle school students came together to design and 3-D print a new boot for Purps,” said 3D Systems in a news release. 3D Systems manufactured the printer, scanner and software the students used for the project, and ACT Group is a local 3D Systems partner.

The learning curve was sharp, and it took months to finish the final product, according to Sue Prince, library media specialist for Mystic Middle School.

But it was all worth it in the end, the students said.

The kids joined aquarium staff in June to officially give Purps her new boot.

The penguin “took off across the exam room, looking very comfortable in her new boot and walking much more like a normal penguin should walk,” said Flower.

Matis, the aquarium’s vice president of education and conservation, added that “it’s been truly amazing” to see everything come together “in order to make a real benefit to the health of one of our endangered species.”

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Austin Police Chief ‘Sickened and Saddened’ at Arrest of Breaion King

Austin Police via KVUE-TV(AUSTIN, Texas) — Two Austin Police Department officers are now under investigation after dash-cam video shows one of the officers throwing a black woman to the ground during a traffic stop. A second video taken from inside the police car after the woman was arrested shows another officer suggesting to the woman that black people have “violent tendencies” and that’s “why a lot of white people are afraid of them.”

Although the incident occurred in June 2015, Austin’s police chief Art Acevedo said that it only came to his attention on Tuesday, when Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg called him and advised him that a reporter from the Austin American-Statesman was working on a story on the incident.

Video from the traffic stop, publicly released by police Friday, shows the woman, identified by police as 26-year-old Breaion King, stepping out of her car. An officer, identified as Austin officer Bryan Richter, then commands her to get back in her vehicle.

“Okay ma’am you’re being pulled over right now, so I need you to take a seat back in the car,” Richter says.

“Are you serious?” King responds.

“Yes, ma’am, I’m not joking,” Richter replies. King appears to go back into her car, leaving the driver’s door open.

Richter then tells King he needs to see her driver’s license and explains that she was stopped for speeding. He then asks her to put her feet in the car.

King asks Richter if he can “please hurry up,” and Richter then tells her to “stand up” and he appears to try to pull her out of her car.

King starts screaming and says, “No! Why are you doing this to me? Oh my God!”

Richter tells her to “stop resisting” and an altercation ensues. He then yells, “Get out of the car!”

King responds, “I’m getting out, let me get out. Do not touch me.”

Richter appears to forcibly pull King up and throw her down to the ground. On the ground, King yells, “Oh my God!” and Richter tells her she was “resisting.”

Richter then appears to struggle handcuffing King, who asks him, “Why are you doing this to me?”

King attempts to stand up but Richter throws her back down to the ground before handcuffing her and escorting her into the police car.

On a different piece of video, inside the police car, King seems to calmly converse with another officer identified by police as Austin police officer Patrick Spradlin.

He asks King if she believes racism goes both ways, and she says, “I do,” but “I believe that the Caucasian class has more supremacy over black people, just to be honest. They have more rights.” She adds that a lot of people are “afraid of black people.”

Spradlin then asks her why she thinks a lot of people are afraid of black people, and King replies, “That’s what I want to clear out.”

Spradlin then says, “I can give you a really good idea why it might be that way — violent tendencies. And I want you to think about that. I’m not saying anything. I’m not saying it’s true. I’m not saying I can prove it or nothing. But 99 percent of the time, when you hear about stuff like that, it’s the black community that’s being violent. That’s why the white people are afraid, and I don’t blame them.”

He later adds, “By no means am I saying that there is no racism, because I know there is and everybody knows there is. Black people tend to be violent and that’s why a lot of white people are afraid, and I don’t blame them.”

According to the police report, obtained by ABC affiliate KVUE-TV, Richter wrote that he acted quickly because he “was increasingly concerned with King’s “uncooperative attitude.” He added that King “began reaching for the front passenger side of the vehicle.” He noted that he was unaware if there was a weapon in the vehicle and that King resisted by pulling her arms away from him and wrapping “her hands and arms around the steering wheel.”

King told KVUE-TV on Thursday that she was “genuinely fearful” for her life during the incident and that she “literally didn’t understand what was happening.”

She added that she wanted something done and that she had “become afraid of the people who are supposed to protect me and take care of me.”

“If you’ve wronged someone and you haven’t been reprimanded, then how do you know that you’re wrong?” King asked.

At a news conference evening, Acevedo said his “heart was sickened and saddened” when he first learned about the two videos.

“First and foremost, let me just say this to Breaion King, her family, her friends, her neighbors, her supporters: ‘I’m sorry that on the day that you were stopped for going 15 mph [above the speed limit], you were approached in a manner and then treated in a manner that is not consistent with the expectations of this police chief,” Acevedo said. “There’s a way to do this job, and that day, we did not approach it anywhere near the way we should’ve approached it.”

Acevedo said that “the chain of command” who reviewed Richter’s use of force in the incident determined that “the incident was not consistent with the expectations of the department.” Richter was told to attend training and counseling.

The chief added that the incident was never brought to his attention nor the attention of other executive members of the department and that an administrative inquiry has now been launched “into the chain of command decision-making process.”

As for the second video showing Spradlin suggesting to King that black people have “violent tendencies,” Acevedo claimed that the no one in the department had ever uncovered that video before until the District Attorney’s Office brought it to the department’s attention.

When asked by a reporter at the news conference if he thought Spradlin’s comments were “racist,” Acevedo replied, “Yes.”

“This is not, I believe, reflective of the quality of this organization that we run,” he said. “I want you to listen to that conversation and tell me that we don’t have social issues in this nation, issues of violence, issues of racism, issues of people being looked at differently because of their color.”

The police chief said that his department has opened investigations into the incident and into the conduct of Richter and Spradlin. He added that both have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg has also requested the Austin Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit to “conduct a criminal investigation of the arresting officer’s actions that are well documented on that video,” so she can decide whether or not to present the case to a grand jury and decide whether Richter’s conduct rises to a criminal offense,” Acevedo said. He added that Lehmberg’s office has since dropped the charges of resisting arrest against King.

King told ABC affiliate KVUE-TV Friday that she appreciated the chief’s public apology and that she believed what happened to her “is an opportunity to make things better and to change things for the better.”

An Austin Police Department public information officer referred ABC News’ questions Friday to the Austin Police Association.

A representative from the Austin Police Association told ABC News it was not immediately clear if Richter and Spradlin “have obtained outside council but all officers are represented by the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas (CLEAT).

CLEAT did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for information. The Travis County District Attorney’s Office also did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for additional information and comment.

The Austin Police Association’s vice president, Anthony Nelson, added in a statement to ABC News that the association understood “the public’s reaction to Officer Richter’s response to resistance” and that the association believed “Officer Spradlin’s comments were wrong and not reflective of the values and beliefs of the men and women who serve this community.”

“We recognize how incidents such as these can divide our city and cause mistrust,” Nelson added. “We have met with community stakeholders and begun a dialogue. We hope that the conversation will lead to substantive changes that will help bridge that divide.”

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Unarmed Man Shot by Cop in Florida Is a ‘Hero,’ Boss Says

Hilton Napoleon(MIAMI) — A North Miami group home employee has been hailed as a “hero” after he was shot and injured by a police officer while he was lying on the ground next to a man with autism, who had run away from the home.

Charles Kinsey, 47, a behavioral therapist at an assisted living facility, is seen in video released by his attorney talking to police while he is lying on the ground with his hands in the air, and with the man with autism at his feet.

The North Miami Police Department said it had received a 911 call of a man threatening to commit suicide with a gun pointed at his head. “At some point during the on-scene negotiation” with the two men, one of the officers fired, striking Kinsey, police said.

Kinsey “put his own life at risk” to protect the 24-year-old with autism, said Clint Bower, the president and CEO of MACtown, a provider of services for people with disabilities.

“He did everything he was supposed to do — everything anybody is ever trained to do to prevent that from happening and he still got shot,” Bower told ABC affiliate WPLG on Thursday.

“There’s obviously risks they have in their job, but certainly not [the] risk of being shot by police,” Bower said. “My employee was a hero.”

Kinsey was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

No gun was recovered, police said.

Bower said Kinsey went looking for the autistic man after he ran away, and when the man sat down in the street, Kinsey tried to get him out of the road so he wouldn’t get hit by a car. Kinsey’s training as a behavioral therapist also included crisis intervention training, Bower noted.

In the video of the encounter, Kinsey tells police, “all he has is a toy truck in his hand” — referring to the man with autism sitting at his feet.

“I am a behavior therapist,” Kinsey says in the video. He tells the man with autism, “Please be still.”

“My employee was telling police everything they needed to know — this individual has autism, this individual has a [toy] truck. You can hear him saying that,” Bower told WPLG, noting that you can also hear Kinsey saying “get down!” to prevent the man with autism from getting shot.

John Rivera, the president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, said Thursday afternoon that the officers “saw the white male almost on top of Mr. Kinsey, who had his hands up and who had his knees up, and to the officers, it looked like the white male was about to shoot Mr. Kinsey,” Rivera said. “The officers all thought the individual had a firearm, not a toy truck.”

Rivera said the officer “was trying to save the life of Mr. Kinsey and feels horrible that his aim missed and struck Mr. Kinsey.”

“The officers were justified in their actions. They did everything that they could do and were human beings. And we had a human being miss his target and unfortunately strike Mr. Kinsey,” Rivera said.

The name of the officer was not released. He was placed on administrative leave, police said. The officer said in a statement released by the police union, “I took this job to save lives and help people. I did what I had to do in a split second to accomplish that and hate to hear others paint me as something I’m not.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has taken over the investigation. The state attorney’s office is also looking into the case, police said.

Kinsey’s attorney, Hilton Napoleon said, Thursday morning, “There is no justification for shooting an unarmed person who is talking to you and telling you that they don’t have a gun and that they’re a mental health counselor.”

“The video clearly shows him laying on his back. The video clearly shows him with his hands as high in the air as he can possibly get them,” Napoleon said.

“And he also explains to the police that the instrument in the autistic guy’s hand is a toy truck,” Napoleon said. “When you look at the video, there is no argument that can be made that that is a gun. The appearance of it is rectangular, it’s white, it’s not shiny, it’s not painted, and it’s not even shaped like a gun.”

Napoleon said that Kinsey was physically “doing OK.”

“I think one of the biggest hurdles that’s going to be tough for him in the long run is the mental aspect of it, because he feels he really did everything he could do to cooperate and go over and beyond to show police that he’s not armed and that he’s trying to help de-escalate a situation with a mental health individual,” Napoleon said. “It’s going to be a long haul to make sure that he gets over that fear.”

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Police Put an End to ‘Running of the Bulls Baltimore Edition’ After Slaughterhouse Escape

@rockstar_fly/Instagram(BALTIMORE) — Two bulls escaped from a slaughterhouse in Baltimore this morning and had a few hours of freedom before being corralled about a block from where they were initially spotted on Pennsylvania Avenue, police said.

The bulls, first reported as roaming the streets around 6:30 a.m., were captured at Penn Square apartments around 8:30 a.m. There were no reported injuries or property damage, police said.

Where’s the beef? Here on Penn. Ave. Bulls contained for now. They escaped a local slaughterhouse.@BaltimorePolice pic.twitter.com/MpzXMbIKoo

— T.J. Smith (@TJSmithMedia) July 22, 2016

“Accidents happen,” said T.J. Smith, Baltimore Police media relations director. “Hopefully this is it for the running of the bulls Baltimore edition,” he said on Periscope.

The bulls found their way out of the Old Line Custom Meat Company slaughterhouse at 2639 Pennsylvania Ave. and wandered about a block away to Penn Square apartments before employees from the meat processing plant and police sectioned them off, keeping them contained until they were put in custody, police said.

Shawnkia Carroll of Baltimore was dropping her son off when she came across the commotion. The complex where her son lives was blocked off and the bulls were “running back and forth” in the area, she said.

The bulls and the meat processing plant are both owned by George Ruppersberger and Sons, a company that has been in the meat industry and the area for five generations.

Bulls in custody. Thanks for everyone’s patience. pic.twitter.com/zI6oO7ZrG8

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) July 22, 2016

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Student Uses Twitter to Return Ivanka Trump’s Missing Earring from the RNC

ABC News(CLEVELAND) — A College of Wooster student found an earring Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention that looked like one of Ivanka Trump’s.

Annabelle Hopkins, 19, found the earring on the convention floor in Cleveland and, after realizing its rightful owner, cleverly took to Twitter, creating a hashtag in an attempt to reach a member of the Trump family to return the piece of jewelry.

The hashtag eventually caught the attention of one of Ivanka’s aides.

The pair met at the Trump family’s hotel, where Hopkins reunited Donald Trump’s daughter with her once-lost earring.

Thank you for helping us get the earring back to its owner! Only trying to be honest and kind here, life is good 🙂 pic.twitter.com/LwGtndCHJa

— Annabelle Marie (@nogentlewoman) July 21, 2016

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Chicago Police Officer Shot and Injured, Suspect Killed

SE Innovation/iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A Chicago police officer was shot and injured Thursday night, police said.

The suspect was killed, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said during a press conference following the shooting, which occurred in the city’s Near South Side neighborhood.

Supt. Johnson said the gunshot wound was to the officer’s thigh, and is not life-threatening.

Supt. Johnson: Officer shot in leg but is expected to be okay. Suspect dead. https://t.co/KpidohbLLr pic.twitter.com/fMUQyeBb3O

— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) July 22, 2016

The altercation with the suspect began after the officer and his partner approached a man talking on a cell phone and asked the man to hang up so they could talk to him. At that time, Supt. Johnson said, the man pulled a gun out of a backpack and opened fire.

Multiple officers returned fire, Supt. Johnson said, shooting and killing the suspect. Supt. Johnson said he was not sure if the suspect died at the scene or en route to the hospital.

“It’s another example of too many guns, too many people willing to use them,” Supt. Johnson said. “But it also demonstrates how Chicago police officers put their lives on the line every day to keep people safe.”

The injured officer had received medical training and applied a tourniquet to his leg, while his partner applied pressure to help slow the bleeding. He was transported by squad car to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Rielle Hunter on Her Relationship with John Edwards Today, Their Life with Their Daughter Quinn

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Rielle Hunter became the most vilified woman in America when she had an affair with married presidential hopeful John Edwards and gave birth to his child, and in an interview with ABC News, Hunter said she still loves Edwards and that he’s very much a part of her life and the life of their daughter, Quinn.

“I view him as family. I mean, he’s family. I absolutely love him,” Hunter told ABC News’ Amy Robach. “We’re very, very good friends. And great co-parents. And we have the same goals. We want the best for Quinn. We get along great.”

Hunter was full of praise for Edwards’ attention to his daughter.

“Oh God, he loves her so much it’s cute. I think he has a real soft spot for her. He does. He gets very choked up by her, it’s sweet,” she said.

Quinn, who is now 8 years old, agreed that her father was “great.” Asked how often she got to see him, the girl replied: “As often as I can.”

Hunter, then an unknown actress and movie producer, began her affair with the then-U.S. senator from North Carolina in 2006 as he traveled the country ahead of his 2008 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. The affair continued even when Edwards’ wife, Elizabeth, had a recurrence of breast cancer.

Tabloid rumors of the affair persisted until 2010, when Edwards admitted to having fathered a child with Hunter. That child, Quinn, was born in 2008.

The fallout was intense. Edwards was later indicted for allegedly using more than $900,000 in campaign funds to hide his mistress, but he was acquitted on one count and a mistrial was declared on the other counts.

Elizabeth Edwards died in 2010 after a six-year battle with breast cancer.

Hunter, 52, has enjoyed her time out of the spotlight.

“The last few years have been great. Very filled with joy, and I as a mom, like, everything I do now is based upon being a mom first, and my choices, how they are going to impact Quinn,” she said.

Their shared activities include a love or horseback riding. Hunter rode as a child and her daughter is following in her footsteps. The child recently qualified for the finals of a pony riding competition.

Quinn chatted with Robach about her horse named Howie.

“He thinks he’s a fancy show horse and he’s just a pony,” Quinn said, adding that the horse “taught me how to be a better rider and how to find happiness.”

Mother and daughter are sharing their passion in a new children’s book. “Howie Do It: Finding Happiness Right Now” was written by Hunter and illustrated by Quinn.

Hunter’s happiness has come after having endured extreme scrutiny and criticism. Robach asked her whether she was concerned that the book’s release and its attendant publicity would force her to relive the past.

“I think you can’t go away, you know, when you make a mistake, when you have bad things going on you have to take responsibility for it, say you’re sorry, forgive yourself and then move on,” she said.

It’s a lesson she’s managed to impart to her child. When Robach asked Quinn what she had learned from her mother, the girl replied: “That it’s okay to make mistakes. And not to be hard on myself.”

‘I’m With Her’

Hunter told Robach that what bothered her the most about the time after the affair was exposed was the “meanness” to which she was subjected.

“You know the lack of compassion and understanding that happens when people make mistakes … everyone judges and jumps so fast,” she said.

He experiences appear to have had an impact on her choice of presidential candidate.

“Part of what I love so much about Hillary Clinton is she has had everything thrown at her but the kitchen sink, and maybe even the kitchen sink … she doesn’t ever give up and I admire that,” she said.

When Robach asked whether Hunter would be voting for Clinton, she laughed as replied: “As a mom, she’s a great role model … I’m with her.”

She then leaned over to her daughter and said “We’re with her.”

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Colorado Town’s Water Tests Positive for THC, Active Ingredient in Marijuana

iStock/Thinkstock(HUGO, Colo.) — Officials have urged residents in a small Colorado town not to consume their water after several wells tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

So far no illnesses have been linked to the water in Hugo — a town of around 700 people located roughly 100 miles southeast of Denver — according to officials.

The announcement comes after a local company was testing its own water and got a positive result. Local law enforcement was then notified and further testing in other locations took place, which revealed additional positive results, reports ABC Denver affiliate, KMGH.

“At this point we’re not taking anything off the table,” Captain Mike Yowell with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office told KMGH. “We’re looking at all angles here.”

Investigators said during a press conference Wednesday evening that six of the ten water samples taken had tested positive for THC.

While officials said their field tests weren’t able to show how much THC was in the water — only that the chemical was present — they have urged residents to stay clear.

“As a precaution until we know more about the levels of contamination in the water, Hugo residents may want to consider other sources of water for drinking and cooking,” the Department of Public Health and Environment released in a statement.

“The water is considered safe for bathing, showering, brushing teeth, washing hands, watering yards, washing dishes, cleaning, and laundry,” the statement added.

The FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were called in to help with the case.

Local police will begin distributing bottled water starting Friday morning.

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Suspect Dead, Officer Injured in Police-Involved Shooting

SE Innovation/iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A Chicago police officer was shot and injured Thursday night, police said.

A Chicago police officer has been shot at 18th and Calumet. Shot in the lower body, no info on condition. Transported to area hospital

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) July 22, 2016

The officer was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where police superintendent Eddie Johnson later provided an update on the officer’s condition.

The shooting occurred in the city’s Near South Side neighborhood.

Johnson said the officer suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh and his injuries are not life-threatening.

According to Johnson, the officer and his partner approached a man talking on a cell phone and requested that he hang up so they could talk to him. The man then pulled a gun out of his backpack and opened fire. Multiple officers returned fire, Johnson said, shooting and killing the suspect.

It was not immediately clear whether the suspect died at the scene or en route to a hospital.

“It’s another example of too many guns, too many people willing to use them,” Johnson said at a Thursday night press conference. “But it also demonstrates how Chicago police officers put their lives on the line every day to keep people safe.”

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