COPA releases video of police-involved shootout from February

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Videos released Friday by a police oversight agency show a shootout in the backyard of a home between Chicago police and an armed man wounded by officers in the South Shore neighborhood.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability released five videos of the Feb. 26 incident — the night of the first-round of the city’s mayoral election — in which 44 shell casings were found at the scene.

No officers were struck, but the man suffered three gunshot wounds to his side and foot, police said at the time. Flamingo Jones was later charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.

In one video, Jones is seen running from an officer who gives chase while holding his gun with two hands, saying repeatedly, “He’s got a gun in his hand. … Get on the ground.”

The video shows the officer fire four shots at the 38-year-old as Jones jumps a fence in a gangway, then another four in the backyard. After a pause in action, a rapid series of shots can be heard — though it is unclear who fired them. The five officers then close in on Jones and handcuff him.

Though the officer who fired the first shots radios that there were “shots fired at police,” none of the videos appear to show the moment when Jones is alleged to have fired at officers.

In court, Cook County prosecutors said the incident began when Jones made “eye contact” with plainclothes officers in the 7400 block of South Bennett and then fled. The officers chased him and saw he was holding a gun, prosecutors said. The officers ordered him to drop it, but he allegedly fled through a gangway.

When Jones jumped a fence while still holding the gun, one officer chasing him “feared for his life” and fired, but did not hit him, prosecutors said. Later, Jones lifted the gun toward the officer, and the officer fired at him again, according to prosecutors.

Once Jones fell, he allegedly fired his gun at multiple officers, prosecutors said. Those officers shot back, striking his feet, and then arrested him.

At the time, Jones was on parole for a 2012 weapons charge, according to court records. He was released last August.

COPA said it is still investigating the shooting to determine if officers followed the Chicago Police Department’s use-of-force policy. The video was released Friday in accordance with the Chicago’s 60-day video release policy.