Family orders investigation – Police say Chicago teen committed suicide after being caught holding gun


Loved ones of a late Chicago teen whose Friday death was ruled a suicide are calling for an independent investigation and believe the teen may have been shot dead by police.

The Chicago Police Department said Steve Rosenthal, 15, had been holding a handgun outside his grandmother’s home, where he lived, on South Keeler Avenue in Lawndale around 7pm that evening.

The department said the teen fled when he noticed officers approaching him before he shot himself in the head shortly after.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled the teen’s death a suicide by gunshot wound, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Family members of late Chicago teen Steve Rosenthal, (seen above in a GoFundMe photo) are denying the 15-year-old committed suicide on Friday

Some witnesses have led the family and their attorney, Andrew Stroth, to believe other events occurred as police have not released body cam footage from the incident.

Chicago Police said Rosenthal was holding a handgun outside his grandmother's home  in Lawndale  Friday. Officers said the teen fled when he saw them approaching before he shot himself in the head

Chicago Police spokesman Michael Carroll said the shooting is under investigation.

According to the Tribune, Carroll said the department ‘has not come to a point where the decision has been made to release the body cam video.’

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