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Family of suburban man fatally shot by Chicago Police files suit

Updated: March 26, 2013 7:59PM

The mother of an East Hazel Crest man fatally shot by Chicago Police outside his south suburban home last week filed a $1 million federal lawsuit Tuesday against the officers.

Jacqueline Armstrong, of Richton Park, claims her son, Ryan Rogers, was at his apartment in the 1900 block of West 171st Street when one of three police officers outside of their jurisdiction confronted Rogers and he left with a female friend on March 20, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court.

Chicago Police said their detectives were conducting surveillance in the residential neighborhood when they saw Rogers, who they described as suspicious, and female companion climb into a vehicle.

When detectives approached, the man accelerated his vehicle towards an officer at a “high rate of speed” then struck a police vehicle, according to a Chicago Police statement.

One of the officers, “in fear for his life,” opened fire and shot the driver, police said. However, the suit claims the officer fatally shot Rogers “without just cause or just provocation.”

An autopsy found Rogers, 27, was shot in the back and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Rogers girlfriend, L’Nea Lancaster, told the Sun-Times she was the woman in the car and that police never identified themselves to the couple. She said she believes Rogers thought he was being robbed.

A spokesman for the city’s Department of Law declined to comment Tuesday because the city is not listed as a defendant.

Michael Lansu

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