JOLIET, IL – Joliet police are facing scrutiny after critically injuring a man who was allegedly firing a handgun outside an apartment complex on Lois Place early Saturday morning.
Jamal Smith, who was dropping off his daughter at his mother’s home, was involved in a domestic dispute with the child’s mother, who called the police.
According to reports, when the officers arrived at the scene, they found Smith firing a handgun and recovered the gun after. They responded by shooting him multiple times before rendering aid. Smith’s family disputes this claim and insists they did not see a gun, and he was walking away from the officers. They are calling for a full investigation.
The Will-Grundy Major Crimes Task Force is handling the investigation, and the officers involved have been checked out at the hospital, as per policy. Police have confirmed that this was an isolated incident, and there is no threat to the public.
Smith’s family is seeking answers and wants to know who pulled the trigger and why. They have expressed concern over police brutality and excessive use of force. Meanwhile, the Will-Grundy Major Crimes Task Force continues to investigate the incident.