13-year-old Adam Toledo had a gun, gunshot residue on hand when Chicago cops killed him: prosecutors

Prosecutors on Saturday released new details about the night that Chicago police shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo, saying that Toledo had a gun and gunshot residue on his hand.

They also said that Ruben Roman, 21, who was with Toledo that night in Little Village, gave officers a false name for the boy. Roman is charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and felony endangerment of a child.

In a charging document released Saturday, prosecutors said that on March 29 at about 2:30 in the morning, police chased both Roman and Toledo and stopped Roman first.

Police said they yelled at Toledo to stop running and show his hands. They said he stopped with his left side towards the officer, and his right hand at his right side. Prosecutors said that the officer told him to drop the gun and that he did not. The officer fired one shot and hit him in the chest.

The officer called for an ambulance and began chest compressions, prosecutors said. Toledo was pronounced dead at the scene. 


Prosecutors said Toledo's hand tested positive for gunshot residue and that a Ruger 9MM was found next to where he died.

There had been questions about why it took days for Toledo to be identified by police. Prosecutors said that Roman gave police a fake name for the child.

Ruben Roman | Chicago police

Roman was arrested on Friday on an outstanding warrant after failing to appear in court Wednesday for an unrelated case. Police said he was hiding in a closet and had shaved his head.

After the shooting on March 29, Ruben was taken into custody and charged with a misdemeanor for resisting arrest, and was then released.

Community members held a peaceful car caravan Friday night in the Gold Coast.

The Little Village Community Council is demanding that the police body camera video be released in the next 48 hours.

Earlier this week, the same council announced a Freedom of Information Act request for the name of the officer who shot Toledo.

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As of Friday night, the Toledo family was told they would be able to view the video sometime next week, along with other materials related to the shooting, before it is released publically.

Toledo's family held a private funeral for him on Friday.