Police Fatally Shoot Man At Derrick Rose's Childhood Home
Sunday, 29-year-old Charles Smith was fatally shot by police in Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose’s childhood home in West Englewood. This marks the year’s first fatal police shooting in Chicago, according to the Tribune.
The shooting, which took place at 4:40 a.m. in the 7300 Block of S. Paulina St., happened after police received “multiple calls” about a person with a gun invading the home, according to police.
Armed with a .40-caliber handgun, Smith broke into the home with his girlfriend, 20-year-old Breanna Patterson, kicking down the door and holding residents—six adults and a five-year-old, not affiliated with Rose to anyone's knowledge—at gunpoint, according to the Tribune. Two of the residents called 911.
According to Assistant State’s Attorney April Gonzales’ account of the shooting, given at Paterson’s bail hearing today on murder and home invasion charges relating to this incident, the invasion happened like this: Smith and Patterson first knocked on the door of the home and claimed, to the woman who answered, that they’d been robbed and she knew something about it, the Tribune reports. They became increasingly agitated, and the family locked them out, after which they forced their way in.
Once inside, they continued to demand information about their robbery, breaking windows and property and holding the residents at gunpoint.
When officers arrived on the scene, Smith was armed, they said, and “shots were exchanged.” The police statement left it unclear who initiated the exchange of fire, though the State’s Attorney alleges, and Patterson agrees, that Smith started it.
A weapon was recovered from the scene, according to police. Patterson is currently being held on $1 million bail, the Tribune reports.