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CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the shooting deaths of a man and woman by Chicago police responding to a domestic disturbance call (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has issued a statement on the fatal police shooting of a man and woman after authorities said officers responded to a domestic disturbance call.

In the statement on the early morning shooting issued late Saturday by the mayor, Emanuel says that "anytime an officer uses force the public deserves answers, and regardless of the circumstances, we all grieve anytime there is a loss of life in our city."

Authorities said the shooting around 4:25 a.m. Saturday happened after officers were confronted by a "combative subject." The Cook County medical examiner's office and family members say 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier and 55-year-old Bettie Jones were killed.

Police said late Saturday that Jones was accidentally struck.

Emanuel's statement notes the shooting is being investigated the by city's Independent Police Review Authority and that findings will be referred to the county prosecutor for review.


9:45 p.m.

Chicago Police say a 55-year-old woman fatally shot by one or more officers was "accidentally struck and tragically killed."

A statement from Chicago Police also says the department extends its deepest condolences to the victim's family and friends.

The woman, Bettie Jones, was one of two people killed by police in the shooting early Saturday. The other was identified as 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier.

The statement said the officer or officers involved will be placed on routine administrative duties for 30 days as a result of the shooting.


5:50 p.m.

The father of a 19-year-old killed by a Chicago police officer says he had invited his son to a holiday gathering before the shooting but he chose not to go.

Antonio LeGrier tells the Chicago Sun-Times when he returned to his apartment early Saturday, his son Quintonio LeGrier appeared to be a "little agitated." He says he heard loud banging on his locked bedroom door around 4:15 a.m. and that his son tried to bust the door open.

He says he kept the son from breaking the door down and called police.

LeGrier says he called his downstairs neighbor, 55-year-old Bettie Jones, and warned her about his son and not to open the door unless police arrived. He says Jones told him she saw Quintonio outside with a baseball bat.

When police arrived, LeGrier says he started making his way down from the second floor and heard gunshots. He says he saw his son and Jones lying in the foyer.

He says his son had emotional problems, but that it didn't warrant him getting shot and killed.


12:48 p.m.

The brother of a 55-year-old woman shot and killed by a Chicago police officer says his sister was the mother of four daughters and a son.

Melvin Jones tells the Chicago Tribune that more than a dozen family members celebrated Christmas with Bettie Jones on Friday. Jones says his sister "had an excellent Christmas."

Authorities say Bettie Jones and 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier were killed early Saturday when police responded to a domestic disturbance call.

Bettie Jones, a neighbor of LeGrier, lived in a first-floor apartment with her boyfriend. Her children range in age from 19 to 38. They include 19-year-old twins.

Melvin Jones says he's "numb right now." He says there is "a whole lot of anger, a whole lot of tears."


12:20 p.m.

The mother of a 19-year-old man shot and killed by a Chicago police officer says her son was studying engineering at Northern Illinois University.

Janet Cooksey tells the Chicago Tribune that Quintonio LeGrier graduated from Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy in Chicago and "was going somewhere." Authorities say LeGrier and 55-year-old Bettie Jones, both of Chicago, died in the police shooting early Saturday.

Cooksey tells WLS-TV that her son was "having a mental situation." She says sometimes he would "get loud, but not violent."


11:20 a.m.

The Cook County medical examiner has identified two people killed in a Chicago police shooting as a 19-year-old black man and 55-year-old black woman.

Spokeswoman Becky Schlikerman says Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones were killed early Saturday on the city's West Side. Jones was pronounced dead at Loretto Hospital at 4:51 a.m. LeGrier was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital at 5:14 a.m.

The medical examiner's office says autopsies have not been scheduled.

Earlier Saturday, Chicago police said an officer responding to a domestic disturbance shot and killed two people after being "confronted by a combative subject."

Police said the shooting is under investigation and the case has been referred to the city's main police oversight agency.


10:24 a.m.

Chicago police say an officer responding to a domestic disturbance shot and killed two people.

The Chicago Police Department said in a statement that the shooting happened at about 4:25 a.m. Saturday after responding officers "were confronted by a combative subject" on the city's West Side.

Police said the shooting is under investigation and the case has been referred to the city's main police oversight agency.

Independent Police Review Authority spokesman Larry Merritt confirmed Saturday that the agency was investigating but had no further information. The race of the officer and those fatally shot were not disclosed.

The Chicago Police Department is the subject of a federal civil rights investigation, which came after the release of a video showing a white officer shooting a black teenager 16 times in 2014.


This story has been corrected throughout to show the first name of the 19-year-old killed is Quintonio instead of Quientonio, the last name is LeGrier instead of Legrier and the first name of the 55-year-old killed is Bettie instead of Betty.

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