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Chicago Cop Counter Sues Family Who Filed Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Chicago officer, Robert Rialmo, fatally shot 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier and 55-year-old Bettie Jones, in the early morning hours after Christmas.

He was responding to a dispatch about a domestic disturbance involving a "son with a baseball bat". According to Rialmo, Jones answered the door first, then retreated into her apartment. Then, LeGrier came "barging out of the front door to the second floor apartment while holding a baseball bat in his right hand."

Rialmo says LeGrier swung the bat several times, enough "to feel the movement of air as the bat passed in front of his face." LeGrier advanced, as Rialmo retreated.

Rialmo feared for his life, so he fired eight rounds "in approximately two-and-a-half seconds." The bullets fatally struck LeGrier and Jones. Now, Rialmo is suing one of the victim's families for over $10 million in damages.

This is a counter claim in response to a wrongful death lawsuit brought on by the teen's family against the city of Chicago. Rialmo claims "permanent" emotional distress and personal injuries resulting from the incident.

Photo: Chicago Tribune

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