Quintonio Legrier, a 19-year-old student at Northern Illinois University, was also fatally shot when police responded to a domestic dispute early Saturday morning.
UPDATED: Saturday, December 26, 11:00 PM EST
In a statement released Saturday night, the Chicago Police Department confirmed that a 55-year-old woman who was fatally shot by officers early morning was struck by accident.
The officer who discharged his weapon has been placed on administrative leave for 30 days, ABC News reports.
“The 55 year old female victim was accidentally struck and tragically killed,” police said. “The department extends it’s deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.”
“This new policy which was implemented by Superintendent [John] Escalante, will ensure separation from field duties while training and fitness for duty requirements can be conducted,” police said in the statement. “Going forward, this will be standard protocol following all officer-involved shootings.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is currently in Cuba on a family vacation, released a statement saying he has been informed that the Independent Police Review authority is looking into the shooting.
“Anytime an officer uses force the public deserves answers, and regardless of the circumstances, we all grieve anytime there is a loss of life in our city,” Emmanuel said in a statement.
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