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Black Bouncer Killed by Cops Responding to Bar Shooting

Jemel Roberson was fatally shot in Illinois
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2018 6:30 PM CST
Manny's Blue Room Lounge in Robbins on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018.   (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune via AP)

(Newser) – A black security guard was mistakenly fired upon and killed by police who were responding to a shooting at an Illinois bar early Sunday. Per WGN, Jemel Roberson was the armed bouncer at Manny’s Blue Room Bar in Robbins, where witnesses reportedly said he asked some drunk men to leave before one of them returned and began firing a gun. Roberson returned fire and was able to apprehend one of the men involved before the situation took an even darker turn.

According to NBC News, local police arrived soon after and fatally shot the 26-year-old. Midlothian police Chief Daniel Delaney released a statement saying an investigation by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police is ongoing. The officer who fired the fatal shot has been placed on paid administrative leave. Four non-life threatening injuries were also reported from the incident. Meanwhile, attorneys for Roberson's family said they filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday citing "wrongful death." (The family of a Texas man killed in his own home by an off-duty cop has also filed suit.)

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