Chicago Police Department Board votes to fire officer involved in 2018 deadly shooting

Chicago police shooting killed 24-year-old Maurice Granton

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team via WLS logo
Friday, September 16, 2022
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The Chicago Police Board voted to fire Officer Sheldon Thrasher, who shot and killed Maurice Granton Jr.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Police Board unanimously voted to fire a CPD officer involved in a deadly shooting in June 2018.

The board ruled that Officer Sheldon Thrasher was guilty of using unnecessary deadly force.

Maurice Granton Jr., 24, died after Thrasher shot him in the back as he climbed a fence on the city's South Side.

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The board's vote came after CPD Supt. David Brown recommended Thrasher's dismissal.

Right after the shooting, Chicago police tweeted a photo of a gun and alleged the shooting was the result of an armed conflict with Granton.

His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in July 2018 after viewing video of the incident. Their lawyers released a statement on the board's decision.

"We are pleased to see Chicago police holding this officer accountable. However given that Maurice Granton died four years ago, we would hope that in future cases of this nature these decisions will be made in a more timely manner," said Antonio M. Romanucci and Andrew M. Stroth, attorneys for Granton's family.