Police Fatally Shoot Black Security Guard Who Detained Suspected Shooter

Jemel Roberson 26 of Chicago wanted to become a police officer and was a church organist

Jemel Roberson, 26, was shot to death by a Midlothian police officer early Sunday outside of Manny's Blue Room Lounge at 2911 S. Claire Blvd.in Robbins, according to the Cook County sheriff's office.

Witnesses said security had asked several drunk men to leave the bar, and at least one person returned to the bar and opened fire, WGN reported. Security returned fire, witnesses said, and Roberson was able to detain one of the men involved outside.

Midlothian police issued the following statement to WLS regarding the shooting: "Upon arrival officers learned there were several gunshot victims inside the bar".

Meanwhile, Midlothian police still haven't provided a reason for why one of its officers fired a weapon at Roberson Sunday morning after a drunken fight broke out at the bar where he was working.

The tidy theoretical doesn't account for the chaotic unknowns when police arrive and can't tell a "good guy" with a gun from a "bad guy" with a gun.

"Everybody was screaming out, 'Security!' He was a security guard", witness Adam Harris told WGN-TV, suggesting the decision to use deadly force had a racial motivation.

"The very people that he wanted to be family with took his life", Patricia Hill, the pastor of his church, told WGN-TV.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says an officer from nearby Midlothian shot a man later identified as 26-year-old Jemel Roberson.

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The Midlothian Police Department is investigating the police-involved shooting, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Roberson had a valid Firearms Owners Identification Card (FOID), which is required for all gun owners in IL, but did not have a concealed-carry permit, a spokesperson for the Cook County Sheriff's Office told WGN. He said Roberson was wearing a hat that said "security" on it when he was shot. "He's a security, ' and without ... giving any thought, they shot him", Harris told the station.

Soon after, according to witnesses, an officer responding to the scene shot at Roberson - killing him.

A Black security guard was killed by police this weekend as he was apprehending a suspected shooter at his workplace.

Local residents told the media that Roberson hoped to one day become a police officer.

"Once again, it's the continued narrative that we see of shoot first, ask questions later", the Rev. LeAundre Hill added.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover funeral costs. "So, he was doing his job and holding on to somebody until ... police arrived".

"Every city in the U.S. where Black people live has the same crisis of police accountability".

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