Chicago police fatally shoot man, 19, in West Englewood

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police fatally shot a 19-year-old man during a foot pursuit in the West Englewood neighborhood Wednesday night, police said.

The man's family identified him as Kajuan Raye of Dolton. Raye was shot in the stomach multiple times and later died at Christ Hospital from a gunshot wound to the back. His death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner

The shooting occurred around 11:07 p.m. in the 1400-block of West 65th Street, police said. Raye's family said he was standing at a bus stop with a friend and one other person when police approached them. Each person ran in different directions for unknown reasons and several shots were fired soon after.

Surveillance video obtained by ABC7 shows Raye running from police, but the shooting itself is not caught on camera.

"The police rode up, got out the car and told them to come to the car and they both ran. One went one way, the other went the other way and the police officer ended up chasing after my cousin. The friend that was with him ran the opposite direction, he said he heard four shots," said Ahkeya White, Raye's cousin.

White said that they ran because they were afraid.

"They don't look at the police as what's written on the side of the car to serve and protect," she said.

Chicago police released a statement Thursday saying an Englewood District sergeant was responding to a call of a "battery in progress." When he got there, he saw a man matching the description of the offender and when he approached, the man ran off, police said.

The sergeant told investigators that the man turned and pointed a gun at him two separate times during the chase and at some point the sergeant fired shots and struck the man. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement Thursday afternoon that a weapon has not yet been recovered.

Family members said that Raye had ups and downs in life; his Facebook page has pictures of gang imagery, but family maintain that Raye did not own a gun. White said the shooting was not justified. "They actually murdered him," White said.

A family spokesperson released a statement on Thursday:

"At this point the family and friends of Kajuan Raye are heart-broken that their son is dead at the hands of a police officer who does not value the sanctity of life of black males. As a city we continue to struggle with police who are afraid of and have deep seeded prejudices against black youth. The family has retained a very competent law firm to investigate, get answers and hold accountable this officer and Chicago Police Department. In the future a vigil will be held in the memory of this fun-loving and happy kid who had a bright future."

The sergeant was not hurt and has been placed on administrative duties for 30 days. Chicago police could not confirm if the sergeant was wearing a body camera.

Investigators said they would check every camera in the area to see how it all unfolded. The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating.
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