Marcelis Stenet, 19, was killed when a police officer opened fire on his car.
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A Wakigan officer, Illinois, who has not yet been named, was fired late Friday, according to Wakigan Police Chief Wayne Walls.
“In the evening hours of October 23, 2020, the city of Wakegan suspended the police officer who released his firearm during the incident for numerous violations of policy and procedure,” Walls said in a statement.
Marcelis Stinet was killed Tuesday night when an employee opened fire on the vehicle in which he was a passenger, around 11:55 p.m., police said.
Waukegan Cmdr Police Department. Edgar Navarro said earlier this week that Stinet was sitting in the passenger seat of a “suspicious” car approached by an employee. The car fled and was later stopped by a second officer.
“This officer got out of his vehicle and the vehicle he was investigating started contacting the police officer,” Navarro said. “The policeman then pulled out his weapon on duty and fired at the vehicle moving backwards. Both passengers were hit.”
Tafara Williams, the mother of Stinet’s child and a diver of the vehicle, was hit in the arm and abdomen and is still recovering in hospital. Her injuries are not life-threatening.
Both officers were placed on administrative duty while the shooting was being investigated.
The investigation is being conducted by the Illinois State Police, a fact repeated by the police chief in his statement on Friday night.
“The Illinois State Police continues to conduct its independent investigation,” he wrote. “Once this investigation is complete, it will be handed over to Lake County, Illinois, for review.”
Prominent civil rights lawyers Ben Crump and Antonio M. Romanucci announced earlier on Friday that he would represent 20-year-old Williams.
Ms. Williams’ legal team will begin our own investigation into what happened during this incident because we do not trust the police story in this case. We have seen again and again that the “official” report when the police kill blacks is far too often missing or misrepresenting details, “Crump said in a statement. “We will share our findings with the public when we reveal the truth.”
Krump and Romanucci also represent the families of George Floyd and Daniel Prud, both killed by police earlier this year.
Wakegan Mayor Sam Cunningham told a news conference Wednesday that he was worried about violent protests in the city.
“I’m nervous because there’s a lot of uncertainty there, there are a lot of rumors going around. I’m nervous about Wakigan,” Cunningham said. “We’ve seen this game all over the country. It’s just spreading across communities and it takes years to recover.”
The protests remained relatively small and calm in the days after the murder.
Devin Villasis and Will Grecki of ABC News contributed to this report.