Chicago police officer Robert Rialmo (above) added insult to fatality to the family of a dead 19-year-old college student by filing a lawsuit against his family’s estate. He wants $10 million for what he calls “extreme emotional trauma”.
The officer said that he shot and killed 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier (below) because he feared for his life.
LeGrier had been holding a baseball bat and swung it at the officer’s head before being shot.
The young man’s father filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and the police officer, saying that his son wasn’t a threat.
Officer Rialmo’s bullets also killed 55-year-old Bettie Jones, but police say her death was accidental.
According to Rialmo, when he arrived at the house located on West Erie Street, LeGrier came to the front door with a baseball bat in his right hand.
Rialmo claims the bat only missed his head by inches. He says he repeatedly shouted at LeGrier to drop the bat, but that the teen followed him to the porch and took yet another swing.
Rialmo continued backing away, but, according to him, LeGrier came within 3 feet of him. He says he then feared that the teen would kill him.
He drew his gun from its holster and started shooting. He fired eight rounds at the man, hitting him in the chest.
One bullet passed through LeGrier and struck Ms. Jones.
Officer Rialmo says he’s now suffering extreme emotional trauma, according to the lawsuit.