CHICAGO— Hundreds of pages of police documents released late Friday evening from the investigation of the police officer shooting death of Laquan McDonald shows that cops at the scene offered a starkly different picture of what led to fellow officer Jason Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times than what a dashcam video released last week depicts.

The court-ordered release of the jarring video of the 17-year-old McDonald being gunned down last year by a police officer on a Chicago street appears to show that the teen had been shot as he was veering away from police officers.

But police officers who were at the scene offered a different narrative in which they back Van Dyke’s contention that he fired because he feared for his life. Van Dyke and five other officers at the scene gave statements after the shooting in which they say McDonald, who was holding a knife, was moving toward Van Dyke when the officer fired, according to the newly-released documents. The documents were released late Friday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration.

Hours before the city released the video last week, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced she was charging Van Dyke with first-degree murder, nearly 400 days after the incident.

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Chicago police released a dashcam video Nov. 24, 2015, that shows the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was killed by an officer in October 2014. The officer, Jason Van Dyke, has been charged with first-degree murder.