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CPD bodycams show standoff before fatal shooting of bipolar man: ‘Myles, don’t point the gun at nobody else!’

An hourlong standoff earlier this year ended with 22-year-old Myles Frazier being fatally shot by police inside a Woodlawn home.

Bodycam footage from the fatal police-involved shooting May 22.
A screenshot from a Chicago police officer’s body camera taken during a May 22, 2019 incident in which a man was fatally shot near the University of Chicago.
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Videos released Friday by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability show the tense negotiations between Chicago police officers and a bipolar man before they fatally shot him during a standoff earlier this year inside a Woodlawn home.

The police oversight agency released six videos and seven audio clips from the May 22 encounter that ended in Myles Frazier’s death in the 1300 block of East 61st Street.

A man called police about 10:15 a.m. to report that his son, who had bipolar disorder, was armed and distraught, Chicago Police Lt. Ozzie Valdez said at a news conference after the shooting. He asked for police to help.

Officers arrived and tried negotiating with Frazier, 22, who was barricaded inside a second-floor bedroom, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Police body cameras captured their hourlong negotiation, during which an officer assures Frazier he’s not going to jail.

At one point, an officer says, “Nobody’s gonna die today,” to which Frazier replies, “Really?” before firing a shot.

Later, from the bedroom, a crying Frazier tells them about the death of his daughter, and an officer opens up about his late grandmother, video shows.

WARNING: VIDEOS CONTAIN GRAPHIC VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE AND MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR ALL VIEWERS

Tension escalates about 30 minutes in as Frazier fires more shots.

“Myles, don’t point the gun at nobody else!” an officer yells.

Frazier fired at least five shots, Valdez said. Some of those shots went outside the house.

About 45 minutes into the standoff, a SWAT team forced their way in. Two officers shot him during an “armed confrontation,” Valdez said.

Police reports indicate Officer Daniel Colbenson fired his gun twice, and Officer Orlando Sanchez Jr. fired five shots.

Neither was wearing a bodycam. Their gunshots can be heard about 39 minutes into a video from a camera on an officer stationed outside the home.

Frazier died at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Police said they recovered a weapon from him at the scene.

According to court records, Frazier was charged in 2017 with unauthorized use of a weapon, domestic battery and violating an order of protection. He was also charged with domestic battery in 2015 and 2016.

The officers who opened fire were put on desk duty for 30 days, per CPD policy. COPA is still investigating their use of force.

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