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Boys Will Be Boys.....

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edited January 2007 in General Discussion
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Cop kills teen burglar in his house
Police: Shooting appears to be within guidelines

January 31, 2007
BY JANET RAUSA FULLER AND ANNIE SWEENEY Staff Reporters
Lester Childs last saw his 15-year-old son Dijohn at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday as the teen headed out to meet friends and catch a CTA bus for school.
Just an hour later, Dijohn was lying inside a house a few blocks away, shot to death by an off-duty Chicago Police officer who came home from work to find his house had been broken into, officials said.

Chicago Police said the teen -- and possibly others -- were burglarizing the home in the 8600 block of South Bishop when the officer came home.

The uniformed officer -- after hearing voices -- went upstairs and confronted Dijohn, identifying himself as an officer, Chicago Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said. The teen reached for something inside his pocket and the 11-year officer ordered him to "stop" and to "hold it," but Dijohn did not, a source familiar with the investigation said.

The officer fired his weapon and struck the teen in the forearm and abdomen, authorities said.


Knife found on teen
The source said items appeared to be missing from the home. A second source said that when the officer walked into the home, he heard someone in the house say, 'Hey G, let's get this.'"
A knife was recovered on Dijohn. Bond said the shooting was under review but it appeared to be within department guidelines.

A student at Fenger High School, where Dijohn was a freshman, was being interviewed Tuesday by police about the incident, authorities said. Detectives also were trying to determine whether there were more people inside the house during the burglary.

Dijohn did not have a police record, and officials at Fenger said he did not have any discipline problems. Dijohn's father and classmates said they couldn't believe the police version of events.

"Boys will be boys," Childs, 63, said of his son. "But as far as being downright bad, no."

Childs said Dijohn was one of his four adopted sons. Childs also is raising two sons who are in foster care.

Dijohn was a quiet boy, his father and teachers said. In the summer, he cut neighbors' grass for money, his father said. He had recently boosted his grades, earning a B-plus on a reading test.

"He said, 'See I told you I could do it,'" Childs said.

When his son left their house in the 9000 block of South Morgan on Tuesday morning, Childs said, he was headed to 88th Street to meet his friends and catch the Halsted bus to Fenger. Childs has no idea why he ended up at the Bishop address.

"I don't believe he did it," said a classmate, Gerardo Yepez, 15. "He doesn't look like that kind of kid. He is always quiet. He never bothered anybody."

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