Adam Toledo, 13, of Little Village, Chicago, Illinois, United States died on March 29, 2021. He was fatally shot by a Chicago Police Department (CPD) officer.
After 2:00 a.m. that day, officers responded to a shots fired alert in Little Village. In a nearby alley, they found Toledo and Ruben Roman Jr., 21, of Maywood, Proviso Township, Cook County, Illinois.
The officers pursued Toledo and Roman on foot after the two suspects fled them. In a confrontation, CPD officer Eric E. Stillman, 34, shot Toledo in the chest.
A gun was found at the scene where Toledo was declared dead. CPD spokesperson Tom Ahern took to Twitter to share a photo of the gun.
Roman is a known gang member, a source told ABC 7 Chicago. He has been arrested and charged with resisting an officer.
Stillman has been placed on administrative duty. He discharged his weapon once during the encounter with Toledo, according to the Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA).
Because Toledo was a juvenile, the footage of the incident captured on a body camera cannot be released without a court order, COPA explained. CPD superintendent David Brown said the police department fully supports the investigation being conducted by the COPA.
“The split-second decision to use deadly force is extremely difficult for any officer and is always a heavy burden to bear for officers involved in fatal shooting incidents,” USA Today has quoted Brown as saying. He has also extended his condolences to Toledo’s family.
Toledo was in seventh grade. His mother Elizabeth Toledo set a GoFundMe page for his funeral expenses.
“Adam loved to play with Lego’s, saying funny jokes to make others laugh, he was a child that brightened up the room when he would walk in,” Elizabeth wrote on the page. “Adam had many dreams that he will never get to live out. Ironically, one of his dreams was to become a police officer.”