Police officer opened fire after shooting unarmed black couple in Illinois


19-year-old Marcelis Stinnett was killed when an officer opened fire on her car.

A 19-year-old man was shot dead by a police officer who shot an unarmed black couple in Illinois and seriously injured his girlfriend.

The Wauken, Illinois, officer, who is still not named, was fired late Friday night, according to Wayne Walls, head of Waukegan.

“On the evening of October 23, 2020, the City of Wakagan terminated the officer who discharged his firearms during that incident for several policy and procedure violations,” Walls said in a statement.

According to police, Marcellis Stinnett was killed on Tuesday night when an officer set the vehicle on fire, a passenger at about 11:55 p.m.

Waukegan Police Department Cmdr. Edgar Navarro said earlier this week that Stinnett was sitting on the passenger seat of a “suspicious” car that was approached by an officer. The car fled and was later pulled over by another officer.

“The officer drove out his vehicle and the vehicle he was investigating started turning to the officer,” Navarro said. “The officer took out his duty weapon and fired the vehicle that was overturning. Both were in possession.”

Stinnette’s child’s mother and vehicle diver Tafra Willem was hurt in the arm and abdomen and is still recovering in the hospital. His injuries were not fatal.

Both officers were placed on administrative duty while the shooting was being investigated.

The investigation is being handled by the Illinois State Police, a fact the police chief reiterated in his statement Friday night.

“The Illinois State Police continues to conduct their independent investigation,” he wrote. “Once the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the Lake County Illinois States Attorney’s Office for review.”

Leading civil rights lawyers Ben Crump and Antonio M. Romanuki announced on Friday that he would represent 20-year-old Williams.

“Ms. Williams ‘legal team will begin our own investigation into what happened during that incident, as we do not trust the police statements in this case. We have seen that when police kill black people, the’ official ‘Exceeding the report. Too often presenting missing or incorrect details, “Crump said in a statement. “When we have revealed the truth we will share our findings with the public.”

Crump and Romanuki also represent the families of George Floyd and Daniel Prude, who were killed by police earlier this year.

Wakagan Mayor Sam Cunningham said at a press conference on Wednesday that he was concerned with violent protests in the city.

Cunningham said, “I am nervous because there is so much uncertainty. There are a lot of rumors flying around. I am nervous for Wuakagen.” “We have seen this game across the country. It just matures through communities and it takes years to rebuild.”

Protests have remained relatively small and peaceful since the assassination.

ABC News’ Devin Villasis and Will Grossky contributed to this report.

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