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Indianapolis man shot, killed by Chicago police officers

Posted at 2:08 PM, Nov 06, 2016

CHICAGO -- An Indianapolis man was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in Chicago Saturday afternoon, and now his family is demanding answers.

Chicago police said a vehicle was stopped in front of a Chicago fire station shortly after 3 p.m. when an off-duty firefighter notified the driver they were blocking the fire lane.

Occupants of the vehicle exited and a verbal and physical altercation began, according to police.

An off-duty police officer was nearby and came on scene. At the same time, a Chicago police sergeant driving by saw a man, identified as Joshua Beal of Indianapolis, with a gun in his hand.

Police said the incident began to escalate and multiple shots were fired at the man.

He was transported to a hospital where he died.

Beal was reportedly in Chicago to attend his cousin’s funeral.

His family said the officer cut off one of their cars during the funeral procession and Beal did not provoke the officer and let police know he had a concealed weapon before he was killed.

Chicago police said the incident is under investigation, including the comprehensive use of force.

The officers involved will be placed on routine administrative duties for a period of 30 days.