Security guard shot dead by police after they mistook him for shooter at bar

A security guard has been shot dead by police after officers responded to a shooting inside a bar and thought he was the gunman, despite people screaming that he was innocent.

The incident, which took place at Manny’s Blue Room Bar in Robbins, Illinois, Chicago, began when security asked a group of drunken men to leave the south suburban bar around 4 a.m. Sunday.

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Security guard shot dead by police after they mistook him for shooter at bar


But one of the drunk men returned with a gun and opened fire. Bar security returned fire and 26-year-old armed security guard Jemel Roberson apprehended one of the men involved outside.

“He had somebody on the ground with his knee in back, with his gun in his back like, ‘Don’t move,'” witness Adam Harris said.

Soon after, an officer responding to the scene saw Robinson in that position, holding a gun, and fired at him, killing him.

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Harris said:

“Everybody was screaming out, ‘Security!’ He was a security guard. And they still did their job, and saw a black man with a gun, and basically killed him.”

In a statement, Midlothian police confirmed two officers from the department responded to the scene of the shooting and that one of them opened fire.

Chief Daniel Delaney of the Midlothian Police Department said in a statement.

A Midlothian officer encountered a subject with a gun and was involved in an officer-involved shooting. The subject the officer shot was later pronounced deceased at an area hospital.

Friends said Roberson was an upstanding guy who was also a musician, playing keyboard and drums at several Chicago-area churches, who had plans to become a police officer.

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Roberson’s family has filed a lawsuit against the officer who shot him and the city’s police department.

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  1. Just look at this complicated issue. Now what will the police tells the family of the deceased. That he mistakenly killed him or what?. Because even before he shot him, people were telling him that the man was innocent. May his soul rest in peace.

  2. See what carelessness has caused….even after they were told he was a security guard they opened fire….an investigation shld be carried out and if found guilty he shld be discahrgedand sent to jail

    Trigger-happy police men everywhere

  3. Wait, is it because he’s a black? Even when he heard he’s a security guard he still opened fire on him. So he will say he didn’t hear the people shouting the guy is innocent…if I say the police guy is a racist now I might be wrong

  4. It’s most probably because he’s black, because I’m sure it was clear that he was a security guard from husband uniform

  5. Just imagine how they wasted the life of this promising young man out of carelessness, they should have been sure before shooting. May his soul rest in peace Amen.

  6. Why should it be a black security guard that has to be killed. I did not agree it’s an accident, it is intentional and sentimental.

  7. Police men pls we know that gun is given to you guys take it easy,now what will become of the family of the victim,that u mistook him for someone else or what

  8. Even when he heard he’s a security guard he still opened fire on him. So he will say he didn’t hear the people shouting the guy is innocent

  9. Rip but the police must do the investigation well and know what wrong with him. Because I think this spiritual attack. Think so.for him to shoot down innocent

  10. The police man should be sanctioned, why should he shoot him,even after many witnesses confirmed that he wasn’t the gunman that he thought him to be

  11. A proper investigation should be carried out on this matter. This armed men should properly be sensitised against all this their careless shootings

  12. This is racism at work. If they security guard was a white, the police would not have shot him dead. Secondly the bar management has to be blamed for allowing customers into the bar with guns

  13. Hmm who are we to blame here? The police man that came for a rescue or the security guard that stood behind the police man thinking he is among the bad guys too? They where all trying to protect and perform their duties .

  14. Confirm before shooting to avoid killing the innocent ones. Better still arrest the person if you think he is s suspect and then carry out investagation.

  15. I have always said this keep your self away from danger if he had not been there this wouldn’t have happened I guess he looked suspicious

  16. once you’re black in their country, they automatically assume you’re a criminal. i bet if it were to be a white guy at this position, they will first ask him to surrender while they themselves are taking cover, but look at it now, a black man and nothing said, they just opened fire on an innocent black man saving souls.

  17. White folks cops with assumed intentional attitude towards blacks. This is not the first instance of this incident report. I could remember when lives of black were intentionally taking by white cops that generated alot of dust in the air. It eventually led to #BlackLivesMatters. May the family of the deceased person find solace in almighty God.

  18. I have been telling people that no matter how whites pretends, they hate blacks,he killed him became he is a black man,God will judge him

  19. Don’t know why they despise black people too much despite the fact that people were trying to make u understand that he is a security guard not a shooter but still want ahead and shot him to dead, this is not fair at all.

  20. He’s just a racist, had it been I white man he would want to get the full story before carrying out any action but no he just had to shoot. Even if the law takes its course will it wake the dead?

  21. The police people do not shoot anyhow but he did it purposely because he saw he was black and he was with a gun even when he was told he paid deaf ears to them and went ahead to take his life. Some people are still practicing racism . what will a black man be looking fur in their country if not that they were colonized. The family should make sure he rots in jail

  22. It was a wrong decision from the police after he was yelled at that the boyfriend wasn’t responsible. The case should be looked into so as to prevent it’s reoccurence.

  23. This is so complicated. You don’t shoot at a person on seeing . You make attempt to arrest before shooting . They are just so unprofessional

  24. I think the officer intentionally did it cuz despite the fact that people were saying he was innocent so he must be punished. So sad the man is gone rip to him

  25. Police officers are not entitled to shot out bullet anyhow…. Some of them are not train up…… What a sad news. Is unfair

  26. life is so precious than to be wasting anyhow how could U say u mistake him for someone else after you have kill him This is very bad ,you should be kill too

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