Video shows an off-duty police officer shooting a burglar in an apartment in Albany Park

The Chicago Police Inspectorate released a video showing an off duty officer shooting a man trying to break into his home in Albany Park.

Videos released Monday by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability show a man entering the apartment building at Block 3100 of West Belle Plaine at around 12:30 p.m. on March 31 and lingering in the vestibule before approaching the officer’s front door.

The man, who was later identified by the police as Jose Mendoza, 32, is said to have fiddled with the doorknob. After hearing the noise, the officer threw open the door, peered outside, and saw Mendoza allegedly crouching nearby.

He told Mendoza to go but refused and tried to enter the house, assistant prosecutor James Murphy said at a later trial for Mendoza. The officer fired his weapon once and hit Mendoza in the cheek.

Jose Mendoza was shot dead by an off duty police officer after attempting to break into his home in Albany Park on March 31, 2021.
Civil Police Accountability Office

He was taken to the Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he was stabilized, Chicago police said.

Mendoza – which has multiple arrest warrants and a pending DUI case in Rolling Meadows – is charged with burglary, trespassing, and trespassing.

COPA said its investigations into the officer’s actions are ongoing.

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