Cops: Fatal Shooting Was Self-Defense. Girlfriend: It Was 'for Nothing'

19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette shot dead in Waukegan, Ill., after confrontation with cops
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2020 2:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – A police shooting in an Illinois city this week has left a Black teen dead and his girlfriend hospitalized, with protesters and family members demanding that the feds get to the bottom of what happened. Per CBS News, police in Waukegan say that 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette was the passenger in a car driven by Tafara Williams, and that the fatal shooting happened after the vehicle went into reverse and was fired upon by a police officer, who said he feared for his life as the car neared him. More on what happened:

  • The incident: Police say a white officer was investigating a suspicious vehicle shortly before midnight Tuesday when the car suddenly sped off, per the Daily Herald. Authorities say that when a second officer came across the vehicle on a different street a few minutes later, it started to back up toward him, and that the officer started firing his semiautomatic firearm because he feared for his life.

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