2:56 PM CDT, June 7, 2011
Chicago police responding to a domestic dispute this morning shot and killed a man after he refused to drop an object that turned out to be a cellphone, officials say.
Flint Farmer, 29, was running away ran from a home in theEnglewood neighborhood on the South Side around 1:40 a.m. today when the officers identified themselves and ordered him to stop, police said in a statement.
Farmer then turned toward an officer, "pulled an object from his pocket, which the officer believed to be a handgun, and aggressively came at the officer," police said.
Farmer refused to drop the object and the officer, "fearing for his safety," fired at Farmer, police said.
Officers discovered that the object was a cellphone, according to law enforcement sources.
Farmer's father, Emmett Farmer, said his son was at the home of his girlfriend, who is the mother of his 2-year-old daughter, when they began fighting about the child.
"The police said she had a black eye and bruised pretty bad," said Emmett Farmer.
The woman was bleeding from the brain, had swollen eyes, loose teeth and had a chunk of her hair pulled out, according to police.
Farmer was told police began chasing his son after he ran out of the woman's home. Flint Farmer ran out the back door and through a vacant lot to Wolcott, according to his father. The shooting occurred in the 6200 block of South Wolcott Avenue, police said.
"When I got there, the police and the detectives would only tell me it was an object, they were looking for a gun," Farmer said.
He said that he understands police may be on guard because there have been a lot of shootings and killings in the area. "They [police] got scared. . .There's a lot going on, a lot of shooting, a lot of killing," said Farmer. "They overreacted and killed my son."
According to court records, Flint Farmer was arrested on March 13 for domestic battery but those charges were dismissed later that month.
In December of 2009, he was arrested for battery and resisting a police officer but those charges were dismissed in January of 2010. He also had other arrests for trespassing but those charges also were dismissed.