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Lawsuit filed in fatal police shooting of Calumet City boy

Updated: March 16, 2012 9:13PM



CALUMET CITY -- The parents of a 15-year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome filed a lawsuit Friday in Cook County Circuit Court seeking the names of all police officers involved in the fatal shooting of their son.

Stephon E. Watts was shot and killed Feb. 1 after the boy’s father called police for help, according to a release issued by the Calumet City Police Department at the time.

When officers arrived and went to the basement, Watts suddenly appeared and made slashing strikes at the officers with a knife, the release said, adding that one officer suffered a cut to the left forearm. Two other officers then fired one shot each, both hitting Watts, the release said.

In addition to the names of the officers involved in the shooting, the discovery lawsuit filed by Watts’ parents seeks any reports; audio and video recordings; and other documents pertaining to the shooting from the police department.

Police had said the February shooting was the 12th time they responded to a domestic disturbance at home, 10 of them involving the teen.

Prior to the fatal shooting, police last responded to the home on Dec. 10, 2011, when Watts punched his mother in the face with a closed fist, a police release said, adding that Watts was found outside of the home holding a knife.

The lawsuit filed Friday also seeks documents from all encounters police officers had with Watts.

The lawsuit names Calumet City and Calumet City Police Chief Edward L. Gilmore. Messages left late Friday with the police department and Calumet City Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush were not returned.



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