COPA releases video of Chicago police fatally shooting suspect in Ford City hostage situation

CHICAGO (SCS) — The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) released body camera video showing SWAT teams trying to negotiate with a gunman during a hostage situation at an apartment near Ford City Mall last month, before the police shoot and kill the man.

Frank Campbell, 58, shot and seriously injured a woman in the 4200 block of West Ford City Drive around 1:15 p.m. on April 3, and when responding officers arrived on the scene, they found the victim bleeding from a gunshot wound. neck.

Campbell fired at the responding officers, but no officers were hit and they did not return fire at the time, police said.

The police tried to convince the man to turn himself in, but he refused. The shooter then barricaded himself inside an apartment, where he was holding a 78-year-old man hostage. He also shot this man during a confrontation with the police.

After SWAT officers spent about two hours trying to negotiate with Campbell and convince him to surrender, the police shot and killed him.

COPA released footage from the body cameras of six police officers on Tuesday, although none of it is from the SWAT officer who shot Campbell because SWAT team members are not equipped with body cameras. . Rather, each of the videos is from an officer standing in the hallway during the confrontation.

***WARNING: The video contains graphic content. Filming takes place at approximately 1:56:45 in the video***

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Each body camera video recording is around two hours long, and while they don’t show the initial encounter with Campbell, when he shot at police as they first arrived at the scene, officers from the SWAT can be heard repeatedly urging Campbell to drop his gun and get out of the apartment.

“Come on, man, get on your knees. Put him down. Put him down,” an officer can be heard saying. “Do you want to do something good? You start with that, and then we’ll go to the ambulance.

Campbell can also be heard asking the police if he can speak to his mother, and the SWAT officers tell him she is on her way.

CAMPBELL: “I want you to tell me that I can call my mother.”

OFFICER: “You are. Your mom is going to be here. She’s already on her way from Milwaukee.”

Throughout the confrontation, several officers can be seen standing in the hallway outside the apartment where Campbell had barricaded himself, again and again asking him to lay down his gun.

“Let’s get back on track. Just put the gun on the ground and walk towards me. I need you to come to me and then we’ll walk down to the ambulance. It’s as simple as that. Please, I’m begging you. Are we cool?” an officer can be heard saying moments before shooting Campbell.

At that moment, although his voice was somewhat muffled, it sounded like Campbell had said he was going to shoot himself.

“No, don’t do that. Don’t do that, Frank. Put your gun down, Frankie,” an officer said.

Seconds later, body cam video shows a SWAT officer at the door raising his handgun and beginning to fire into the apartment.

As these shots were fired, some officers in the hallway took cover before police rushed into the apartment. Body camera footage shows officers administering first aid to Campbell as others searched the apartment for the hostage he shot.

“There should be another victim in there,” an officer can be heard saying.

After the confrontation ended, the man Campbell had shot was found bleeding from a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He was taken to hospital in critical condition.

Campbell was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on 30 days of administrative duties, as is standard procedure whenever a Chicago police officer shoots someone.

COPA’s investigation into the shooting is ongoing.


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