Cops: Off-duty sergeant fatally shoots teen during robbery

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By Deanese Williams-Harris and Jeremy GornerTribune reporters8:59 a.m. CST, February 11, 2014

A gun pointed at his gut, the off-duty sheriff’s sergeant digs through his pockets with his left hand, fumbling for money, as the three robbers surround him at the Far South Side gas station.

The sergeant is surer with his right hand, quickly drawing his own gun and firing point-blank. The gunman, 16, drops at his feet while the two others scatter, according to surveillance video that captured the robbery Monday night at a Citgo station on 103rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, across the street from Gately Stadium.

The sergeant swings around at the fleeing robbers, then points the gun down as the gunman struggles to get up. The video shows the sergeant kicking away the robber’s gun and then opening the passenger door of his own car, apparently to get his phone.

The 16-year-old was shot in the head and died, according to police.  The sergeant was not injured, and police said they were still looking for the two other robbers this morning.

The shooting occurred around 10 p.m. as the sergeant was filling his car at the Citgo station, police said.

The surveillance video shows a man, a gun in his right hand, running up to the sergeant and pointing the gun at him.  The sergeant backed way, dropped the nozzle and raised his hands, according to the video. Two other men run up and join the gunman, according to the video.

The sergeant appears to hand something over to the gunman, then continues digging through his pockets with his left hand, the video shows. Then the sergeant’s right hand quickly swings around and the sergeant fires at the gunman, according to the video.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office refused to release any information about the teen.

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One comment

  1. Great Shot Sergeant …..Glad you were not injured.

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