A scuffle breaks out. Police arrive on the scene. A boy takes off running. Cop shoots the suspect twice in his back. Suspect dies from the gun shot wounds. Cop on paid leave. Yes it is a familiar story. This time it happened on Easter weekend in Illinois. Details inside. #JusticeForJustus 


Justus Howell, 17, was shot dead by Zion officers Saturday afternoon in Lake County Illinois. The cops arrived on the scene where Justus and Tramond Peet, 18, were fighting over a gun. Justus flees on foot and when Police couldn't catch up with Justus, they shot him twice in the back. One bullet penetrated his heart, spleen and liver, and the other entered his right shoulder, according to a coroner's news release on the autopsy.

The Zion police officer who was involved has been placed on leave while the investigation proceeds. His name has not been released, but is said to be a nine-year department veteran.

Tramond Peet was arrested and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He appeared at a court hearing Monday in Lake County at which his bond was set at $15,000. While in custody, he told Police that he met up with Justus to sell him a gun but instead Tramond was robbed of the illegal weapon and that Justus had the gun in his hand as he ran away. Police said they found the weapon on the scene. Witness report that there was no gun recovered at the scene nor on the body.


A memorial for the slain teen was set up over the weekend with signs "Justice for Justus". His cousin, Shaqurah Bell, said:

"I just want justice for Justus. I never thought it would happen to my family. He didn't deserve this. We are praying for him."

Justus Howell enjoyed basketball and rapped using the name "Meachi" about things he wanted to do with his life, including attending medical school and supporting his family.