A few days ago a tragic turn of events happened in Highland Park, Illinois when a passenger involved in a DUI car accident was taken to a local hospital where he was fatally shot by police.
Around 11:30 Sunday evening, Illinois state police responded to a DUI car crash on Illinois Route 94. The uninjured driver allegedly showed signs of driving under the influence and was arrested then taken to the station for possible DUI charges. The two passengers in the car were Christopher Anderson and his 9-year-old daughter. Both passengers suffered injuries from the car accident and were transported to Highland Park Hospital.
While at the hospital, Anderson allegedly became hostile and drew a handgun on hospital staff while they were trying to subdue him. Police were called. At approximately 1:30am on Monday morning, police repeatedly asked Anderson to drop his gun, but police say he refused. Anderson was shot dead by the officers.
Fortunately the daughter did not witness the shooting and was released from the hospital into her mother’s care.
Stricken with grief and anger, Anderson’s family has reached out to police for answers, of which they have had none. “They steady shooting people and getting away with it,” says Shanta Davis, Anderson’s ex-girlfriend and mother to the 9-year-old daughter, “and they know they messed up so they trying to plan as if he did all of this and that, my daughter said he had no gun on him and I’m going to believe my daughter.”
Chicago community activist, Ralph Peterson questions the actions of the police, “How can a 27-year-old whose daughter is seeking medical attention end up dead?”
Currently the Lake County Major Crime Task Force is investigating whether the shooting was justified or not.
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