Elgin police release video of police-involved shooting


Police from the Elgin Police Department have released 30 hours of video related to the shooting death of a woman on I-90 on March 12th. 

Around 12:30 am, police officers pulled over a suspicious vehicle in the area of Cedar Avenue in Elgin. During the stop, the driver, DeCynthia Clements, 34, fled from the scene in her car. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle and ultimately ended the chase without apprehending the suspect. A short time later, her car was found, damaged, in the westbound lanes of I-90 near Route 25.

When Elgin officers made contact with the driver, they saw she was armed with a knife. Police negotiated with her for over an hour, and during that time she would move her car several feet at a time.

Officers then noticed a fire had started inside her car and approached the burning vehicle to pull the woman out. During the exchange, an officer discharged a weapon into the car. The woman was taken to St. Alexius Hospital in Hoffman Estates where she was pronounced dead.

The public release of the video footage from the incident comes on the day when Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda held several briefings with Ms. Clements’ family members, community and faith leaders and elected officials.

“We understand very well that this incident has impacted our community,” Chief Swoboda said. “We also understand that releasing this video footage, which can be very troubling to view, is one step we can take towards transparency and accountability. It is our goal to provide Ms. Clements’ family and the community with a factual narrative so we may all work towards healing. We are striving to strike a balance between the public’s right to know, the ongoing investigation into the incident and, of course, the needs of Ms. Clements’ family and loved ones.”

Video footage is available at cityofelgin.org/video312

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