The family of a 55-year-old woman who Chicago police say was “accidentally” shot and killed by an officer early Saturday described her as a loving person who enjoyed music and church.
Bettie Jones, a 55-year-old grandmother, was enjoying a Christmas celebration the night before she was shot, Jahmal Cole, the husband of Jones’ niece, said at a news conference today.
“This is not the time for hatred,” Cole said, instead calling it a time for “compassion.”
Jones was a bakery worker, grandmother and mother of five, according to ABC station WLS-TV in Chicago.
Chicago police said it “extends its deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.”
Police said at 4:25 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a domestic disturbance and were “confronted by a combative subject.”
“Upon arrival, officers were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer’s weapon, fatally wounding two individuals,” the statement said.