Off-duty CPD officer shoots, kills man in Mount Greenwood

A Chicago police officer shot a man dead in the city's Mount Greenwood neighborhood on Saturday. Police call it a "road rage" incident, while witnesses tell a different story.

Friends said the man, Josh Beal, 25, of Indianapolis, was in Chicago to be a pallbearer at a cousin's funeral.

Police said that around 3 p.m. near 111th and Troy, an off-duty firefighter tried to notify a driver that their vehicle was illegally parked in front of a fire house. Police said that people in that vehicle got out and started arguing with the firefighter and an off-duty police officer who happened to be nearby.

"A subject displayed a weapon and an off-duty CPD sergeant who was on his way to work observed the subject," said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. "At that time, shots were fired and the subject was fatally struck."

Beal's family disputes that story. They said the off-duty officer cut off one of the vehicles in the funeral procession.

"They shot him twice in his back and three times in his front," said Beal's mother, Tiffaney Boxley. She described him as a college graduate, a business owner and a family man who had a license to carry a gun.

Police said the off-duty officer and firefighter were both injured but will be okay. Police said Beal's weapon was recovered. The officers involved will be placed on administrative leave for 30 days while the investigation continues.
 

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