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911 call released in shooting of unarmed man by CHA guard

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The family of a man who was shot by an off-duty Chicago police officer a year ago is raising more questions Wednesday about the shooting itself and the conduct of the officer afterward.

Marlon Horton was unarmed when he was shot outside a Chicago Housing Authority building. The shooting was caught on surveillance cameras.

The officer was working as a CHA security guard when he shot and killed Horton.

Horton's family claims the shooting was an improper use of deadly force. They are also upset that the officer did not help Horton survive afterward, other than calling 911.

The family released a 911 call Wednesday after the shooting that they say shows the police officer let Horton bleed to death, despite being advised to stop the bleeding.

“Put a clean dry towel from wherever he is bleeding from, keep him calm, help is on the way,” the paramedic says.

“The Chicago Fire Department paramedic specifically instructs Officer Walker what to do. Again I'm assuming Officer Walker has some first aid training anyway, but beyond that, clearly on the 911 call, the Chicago Fire Department paramedic says put a dry clean cloth where the wound is,” family attorney Jeffrey Granich said.

Granich said had Officer Walker followed the paramedic's instructions, Horton's life may have been saved.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has said the officer's conduct after the incident was appropriate. Wednesday, McCarthy declined to discuss new questions raised by the family.

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McCarthy suggested the officer had no obligation to help and calling for medical help was sufficient.

"I don't think they have an obligation, I would have to go back and check. But at the end of the day, he also called a 9-11 to report what had occurred, which is providing medical assistance," McCarthy said.

But Granich disagrees.

"I don't think it's fair for an officer to say I have no duty to do something when he's specifically instructed what to do," he said.

Walker is still on duty. The Independent Police Authority is still investigating the shooting.

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