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(CHICAGO) — The Chicago police officer accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald has been indicted, the Chicago Tribune says.

According to the Tribune, Jason Van Dyke was indicted on six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct. Van Dyke was captured on dash-cam video firing his service weapon 16 times at the black teen within seconds of stepping out of his police car. The video showed McDonald moving away from the white officer.

Van Dyke was charged with a single count of first-degree murder last month, before the city made the video public. He was later freed on $1.5 million bail, the Chicago Tribune notes.

The Tribune adds that Van Dyke’s indictment is the first of a Chicago police officer for first-degree murder in an on-duty fatality in almost 35 years.

The Chicago Police Department suspended Van Dyke without pay after he was charged in the incident. He had been placed on paid desk duty after the incident initially occurred in October 2014.

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