Wife accused of stabbing building caretaker Michael Craig, who was shot and killed by an officer after calling police himself; His son wants more answers

CHICAGO (CBS) – A beloved Auburn Gresham building caretaker called 911 in October to say his wife had a knife to her throat – but when police arrived, it was the caretaker who was shot and killed.

Late Wednesday we learned that charges had been laid against the wife. CBS 2’s Jackie Kostek spoke to the caretaker’s son, who said he received a call from a detective on Wednesday morning.

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Patrick Jenkins said receiving the call was bittersweet. He said he was happy that charges were laid, but frustrated that it took more than four months for this to happen.

“It shouldn’t have taken October 4 until now to charge someone you had red-handed at the scene,” Jenkins said, “knife at the scene, blood everywhere.”

It has been more than four months since Jenkins lost his father, Michael Craig, who was shot and killed by Chicago police officer Alberto Covarrubias in an apartment in a building on the 7700 block of South Carpenter Street. On the morning of October 4, Craig called 911, saying his wife had a knife to her neck.

“I can’t move,” Craig said on the call. “If I move, she’ll kill me.”

Seconds after entering the apartment, body camera footage shows Officer Covarrubias drawing a Taser and a gun. And while Craig was the one who called for help, he was the only one shot and killed.

Michael Oppenheimer, Craig’s family attorney, said Craig had been stabbed by his wife, Tiffany Willis, several times before police arrived. Chicago police records show Willis was charged with aggravated assault on Feb. 8.

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“It’s a bittersweet moment,” Jenkins said. “I’m glad something happened, but, you know, this is just the beginning.”

Jenkins and Oppenheimer say any semblance of justice will only come when the key questions about Officer Covarrubias have been answered.

“We’re still looking for answers as to what made him not only hold a Taser and a gun at the same time, but why he shot the victim of this horrific domestic violence case,” Oppenheimer said.

And Oppenheimer says he wants to know about any additional footage from the body camera.

“Where is the body camera footage of that sergeant who was with the officer who was with him when he shot Michael Craig not once, but twice?” he said.

For now, Jenkins must mourn his father and watch Craig’s young son, still a child, do the same.

“I don’t know if you saw a small child walking. He’s all alone, but he still has this little teddy bear in his hand – he just hangs it,” Jenkins said. “It was them. It was them. He’s just a teddy bear now.

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We contacted Chicago Police about Constable Covarrubias’ status, and they said the Civilian Police Accountability Office’s investigation is ongoing.


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