James Anderson, 34

Chicago, Illinois
September 25, 2015

Agencies: Chicago Police Department Illinois | Independent Police Review Authority Chicago

Cause of death: Shooting

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Police say officers were responding to a domestic call when they came across 34-year-old, James Anderson with what appeared to be a knife or a sharp object in his hand. According to police, the man refused to put the weapon down. Police say officers attempted to taser the man twice, but it had no effect. Police say the man then attempted to approach officers and that's when an officer shot him.

Pamela Anderson says her son had mental health issues and that she had previously called police for help with her son. Anderson says she called police Friday night hoping someone could come take her son to Loretto Hospital for psychiatric help. When officers arrived, Anderson says she asked officers to take her son to the hospital. Anderson says the officers asked if her son had a gun or knife on him. Anderson said she told officers that her son was not dangerous, but that he did keep a box cutter in his pocket. Anderson contradicts the police account saying officers did not taser her son before shooting him.