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Chicago's top cop defends officers in shootings

Garry McCarthy says suspects recently shot by police both refused to drop weapons

By PoliceOne Staff

CHICAGO — Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is rebuffing claims that two suspects shot by police this week were actually unarmed.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired on Monday, shooting a 13-year-old boy who matched the description of the alleged gunman, police said.

The teen, identified as Jimmel Cannon, was reportedly pointing a gun at officers, though his family has said otherwise.

“I know my son. He doesn’t carry weapons,” the teen’s father told NBC 5 News.

A BB gun was recovered at the scene, the Chicago Tribune reported. According to a police spokesman, BB guns are often indistinguishable from real firearms.

In a press conference, McCarthy stressed the need for police and residents to work together to get guns off the streets.

"It's not the community versus the police," McCarthy said. "When we've got 13-year-old kids on the street late at night, whether it's a BB gun, a real gun or a replica firearm, that's a recipe for disaster."

Just a few hours prior to the incident with Cannon, Chicago police shot another man, after he also pointed a gun at officers. Joe Banks Jr., 21, ignored orders to drop his weapon, police said.

Banks’ father – who says his son did not have a weapon, according to witnesses – told reporters his son is “not a gangbanger.”

"He doesn't sell drugs … We are a decent family," Joe Banks Sr. said.

Despite the claims, McCarthy says police recovered a handgun at the scene.

Both suspects are receiving treatment for their injuries and are expected to survive, sources say.

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