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Published on April 21, 2024
Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Fatally Shot Days Before Birthday in Gage ParkSource: Chicago Police Department

An off-duty Chicago police officer was shot to death in the Gage Park neighborhood, just two days shy of his 31st birthday. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the officer, a six-year veteran of the department, was gunned down early Sunday after completing his shift.

Responding just before 3 a.m., emergency personnel found the officer with multiple gunshot wounds on the 3100 block of West 56th Street. CBS News reported, wearing his uniform after returning home, the 30-year-old was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. A procession for the officer is planned for Sunday, as his bereaved family — he is survived by his mother and uncle — and the city mourn.

Superintendent Larry Snelling, while addressing the media outside the hospital, stated, "We lost one of our own today. He was just a great officer, great human being," as CBS News captured the poignant moment. Although Snelling did not confirm the motive, he disclosed that the officer's vehicle was stolen in the incident.

Details about the investigation or potential suspects have not been disclosed. The Chicago Police Department and the local community continue to reel from the shock of the loss, as authorities seek answers in the wake of the tragic event.