A black security guard who had subdued and disarmed a potential mass shooter at a Chicago-area bar was shot and killed by a police officer responding to the shooting.
Witnesses told local news station WGN9 that a group of drunken men were asked to leave Manny’s Blue Room Bar at around 4 a.m. on Sunday.
A short time later, someone from the group returned with a gun and opened fire.
Security returned fire, witnesses told WGN9, and an armed security guard, Jemel Roberson, apprehended one of the suspects outside.
“He had somebody on the ground with his knee in his back, with his gun in his back like, ‘Don’t move,'” witness Adam Harris told WGNTV.
But an officer responding to the scene fired at Roberson and killed him.
However, when a Midlothian, Illinois police officer pulled up to the scene, he opened fire and killed Roberson.
“Everybody was screaming out ‘Security!’ He was a security guard,” Harris said.
“Upon arrival Officers learned there were several gunshot victims inside the bar. A Midlothian Officer encountered a subject with a gun and was involved in an Officer involved shooting. The subject the Officer shot was later pronounced deceased at an area hospital,” Chief Daniel Delaney of the Midlothian Police Department said in a statement.
Delaney confirmed that an investigation into the shooting of the security guard is underway.
Friends of Roberson told WGN9 that Roberson planned to become a police officer and was an upstanding man.
“Once again it’s the continued narrative that we see of shoot first, ask questions later,” said pastor Patricia Hill of Chicago’s Purposed Church.