Zion PD release body cam video of officer fatally shooting suspect earlier this month

Zion Police Department
Screenshot of body cam video from the Sept. 8 incident Photo credit Zion Police Department

ZION (WBBM NEWSRADIO) - Body cam and other video has been made public in the police shooting of a man in north suburban Zion earlier this month.

After Zion police had shot and killed 47-year old George Franklin two weeks ago, officers moved in a line behind a shield, up to him as he lay sprawled on the ground, a gun near his right hand.

Police had been called to the 2800 block of Ezra by Franklin’s own mother. She had told a 9-1-1 dispatcher she had obtained an order of protection against him earlier that day and that he was trying to get into her home through a back door. She said her grandchild and great grandchild were in the home with her.

In the first encounter police had with Franklin, an officer casually asks him, “George, what’s going on man?” at which time Franklin begins shooting. Officers initially backed off, and after a brief chase and shootout, he was hit.

No officers were injured.

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