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Cop Shoots Man After Running Down Daughter

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- An off-duty Chicago police officer shot and killed a man late Saturday night after a deadly confrontation ensued when the cop struck the man’s daughter with his motorcycle.

The officer was heading home Saturday through the town of Maywood when his bike hit 4-year old Taniyah Middleton. When the girl’s father Christopher, 26, confronted the officer over the incident, the officer shot and killed him.

Friends of the late father remembered him Sunday as a “helpful” and “happy” man.

“Chris was a great father,” Middleton’s cousin Mathis Hoskin told ABC’s Chicago affiliate WLS. “He was always helpful, never mad -- always happy with a smile on his face.”

But the events that transpired Saturday night are unclear. Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police, paints a very different picture of the incident than Middleton’s friends.

The 43-year old officer, an eight-year veteran of the force, was driving back from work when the girl suddenly sprinted into the street, Camden said.

“He was on his way home and a 4-year-old ran out into traffic,” said Camden. “He had a choice of hitting her head-on or dumping his bike and taking the personal injury to avoid hitting the 4-year old -- which he did. But as he dumped the bike, it slid across the road. She wound up getting nicked by the bike. He wound up with a broken ankle, a dislocated shoulder.”

“After the accident he gets up and the girl’s father became irate with him and comes over to him,” Camden continued. “The officer tells him, ‘I’m the police. Take it easy.’ The guy says, ‘I don’t give a [bleep] who you are’ and hits him in the face. Another man hits him from behind. The officer goes to the ground. They’re beating him and he’s about to lose consciousness. He pulls his weapon to defend himself at that point, fires one shot, and kills one of the individuals who happens to be the father of the 4-year-old.”

“Had the father simply stood there instead of attacking a police officer he might be alive today,” Camden stated.

Middleton’s relatives said it was understandable that the girl’s father was distressed by the incident.

“Of course a father would be upset at the initial reaction of seeing the child in this condition and he confronted the guy and they got into a confrontation,” Middleton’s uncle Darrell Davis told WLS.

But they claim the officer never identified himself as a cop before firing at Middleton.

“He never let anyone know he was a police officer until after he shot him,” witness Cordell Haggard said to WLS.

Both the girl and the officer were transported to Loyola University Medical Center. The girl, Camden said, had “bruises and abrasions.” The second man who confronted Middleton, according to Camden, was taken into custody by Maywood Police.

Chicago Police said the incident is under investigation by the Independent Police Review Authority. Larry Merritt, a spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority, told ABC News they are now “canvassing the area and getting interviews.”

“We were notified of a shooting involving an off-duty police officer in Maywood at approximately 10:30 p.m.,” Merritt said. “We are now investigating it.”

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1-Year-Old Utah Boy Killed While Riding Motorcycle

Hemera/Thinkstock(TAYLORSVILLE, Utah) -- A 1-year-old boy has died after a horrific motorcycle accident on Sunday in Taylorsville, Utah.

Police say that Shannon Moore, 48, was riding his motorcycle with his son, Richard, in the parking lot in front of their apartment complex when the accident occurred.

“Shannon was on his street bike with the baby seated between himself and the handlebars,” said Unified Police Department Detective Levi Hughes. “He got up to a high rate of speed, well in excess of the 10 MPH speed limit, and tried to go around a corner but he couldn’t stop in time.”

After failing to slow down, Moore and his son were thrown from the bike.

“The child impacted the road and the curb and then the motorcycle landed on top of the child,” said Hughes.

The baby died on the  scene, and  police say the father was taken to a local hospital where he  is listed in fair condition.

Betty Reiz, who lives in the same apartment complex, told ABC affiliate ABC4 that she watched the wreck unfold. She said the baby tried to stand up after the accident, but fell down and died.

“The father is always with the child in front of the motorcycle,” Reiz said.

Police say that this accident should have never happened, regardless of the lack of regulations for motorcycle passengers.

“Even though laws don’t regulate the age of the passenger of a motorcycle, common sense has to dictate that kind of decision,” said Hughes. “If the passenger’s feet can’t reach the pegs and he can’t wear a helmet, he shouldn’t be put on a motorcycle. If you don’t listen to your own better judgment you will pay the ultimate price.”

The investigation is still ongoing, and  police say that Moore could face serious charges because there was a reckless loss of life.

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Motorcyclist Pulled from Under Car Cried Over Bike

ABC News (MURRAY, Utah) -- Brandon Wright, the biker who was pulled from beneath a car lifted by bystanders, told a news conference Thursday that he was glad to be alive but that he cried over his mangled bike.

The scene of students and construction workers rushing over to lift the BMW Monday while flames shot out of the burning motorcycle jammed under the car's front fender captured the country's attention. Wright's unconscious body was dragged from under the vehicle.

Wright, 21, held a news conference at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, Thursday thanking his rescuers, who he called heroes.

Wright suffered injuries to his right leg and burns on his left leg, but no damage to his head despite his lack of a helmet. Doctors said a head injury would make it harder for him to survive.

His eye was visibly swollen and blood shot during the press conference. He thanked his family, and said his mother and girlfriend had not left his hospital room since the accident.

A habitual adventure-seeker, Wright said he would not give up motorcycle riding, but would be more careful, including wearing a helmet. He even intended to promote motorycycle safety.

Wright said it "wasn't a particularly good bike," but it had been his first bike, hanging on to it even as he bought and sold other motorcycles.

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New York Rider Dies Protesting Motorcycle Helmet Law

Stockbyte/John Foxx (File Photo)(NEW YORK) -- A New York man died Sunday while participating in a ride with 550 other motorcyclists to protest the state's mandatory helmet law.

Police said Philip A. Contos, 55, hit his brakes and his motorcycle fishtailed. Contos was sent over the handlebars of his 1983 Harley Davidson and hit his head on the pavement.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

"The medical expert we discussed the case with who pronounced him deceased stated that he would've no doubt survived the accident had he been wearing a helmet," state Trooper Jack Keller told ABC News 9 in Syracuse.

The ride Sunday was organized by American Bikers Aimed Toward Education, known as ABATE, a group of motorcycling enthusiasts who lobby for motorcycle awareness and freedom.

The Onondaga chapter of ABATE has sponsored the helmet protest ride for the past 11 years every July 4 weekend.

"ABATE is very saddened and still shocked about the fact that we've lost another rider in Philip and that our hearts go out to him and our prayers as well," Syracuse chapter president Christinea Rathbun told ABC News 9.

New York is one of 20 states that require motorcyclists to wear helmets.

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