The TV show The Chicago Code proposes a curious situation that I am interested in how real life would play out.
In the show, one of the characters is working deep undercover, pulled from the academy and been under a year so far, with only a handful of people aware of his actual status. His assignment is trying to root out corruption of a government official by working his way into the underworld and becoming one of that guy’s henchmen.
Early in the series, he needs to establish his cred with the group. They have a scheme to start house fires so they can get the contracting job for repairing the house afterwards. So he signs up.
His first assignment, he shows up and is explained how to do it and told to take care of it, which he does. He’s an undercover, and it’s expected that undercovers can do some crimes in order to gain access to further criminal enterprises.
But he’s watching at the scene after the fire is put out, and they pull out a body that he finds out died in the fire. He was set up by the guys he works for, and didn’t realize they had some guy in the house they wanted killed.
Now the TV show has him torn up by it, and he gets an ass-chewing by his contact for not ensuring the house was clear (which he only did a partial job on), and the Superintendent of the force also knows what happened. But he is left undercover, and not brought in to the station for official debriefing or anything. In the context of the show, there is so much corruption in the police force that if they did anything official, his identity would get back to the person they are trying to investigate and his cover would be blown. It makes sense that they can’t make records or anything. But he is guilty of manslaughter - he set the fire that killed the guy, and he did not ensure the house was empty, which he had the opportunity to do.
I’m wondering how a case like this would play out in real life. What happens in an undercover situation when the officer ends up killing someone - whether in self defense, or a similar manslaughter situation with the commission of a crime as part of setting up his credentials being more serious than he intended?
Does anyone have any real knowledge?