Family files federal lawsuit against officer who shot and killed Kajuan Raye

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CHICAGO -- Karonisha Ramsey, the mother of 19-year-old Kajuan Raye, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court Tuesday accusing CPD Sergeant John Poulos of violating Raye's constitutional rights when he shot and killed him.

Sergeant Poulos was answering a call for a battery in progress near 65th and Ashland last Wednesday about 11 p.m. When he tried to stop and talk to Raye nearby the scene, he took off running. The sergeant says Raye pointed a weapon at him twice during the foot chase, and he responded by firing his gun twice, striking Raye once in the back. He died later at Christ Hospital. Police officials said a gun has never been found.

New reports from the Chicago Tribune say Poulos was involved in another fatal shooting while he was off-duty three years ago. According to the Tribune, he shot and killed a 28-year-old Chicago man as he was breaking into a home on the North Side. Poulos reportedly shot Rozelle after he ordered him to put up his hands, and it appeared he had a gun. In that incident no gun was found on Rozelle. A wrongful lawsuit was filed in that incident as well.

While Raye's family insists he didn't own a gun, photos posted to social media appear to show him holding one.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson would not comment on Sgt. Poulos, but he has stripped the sergeant of his police powers. IPRA is investigating the shooting.

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