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Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Fatally Shoots Suspect While Witnessing Store Robbery

| by Dominic Kelly

An off-duty police officer shot and killed a man that authorities say was attempting to rob a Walgreens store in Chicago early Monday morning.

According to reports, the fatal shooting happened around 10:30 a.m. when the suspect entered the Walgreens and said he was robbing the store. Meanwhile, the off-duty officer had just walked in to use the ATM while his wife and children were waiting outside in the store. The officer said that he noticed the cashier frantically shoving money into a bag while a large man stood at the counter, and this aroused his suspicions.

"It's not an every day, common scene," said police spokesman Patrick Camden of the situation that the off-duty officer witnessed.

The officer approached the robber, drew his weapon, and told the suspect to get down on his knees. As the off-duty officer attempted to make an arrest, the suspect reportedly told him, “You’re going to have to shoot me.” At that moment, the suspect reached into his pocket, reportedly to take out his handgun, and the off-duty officer sprang into action. The two men started to struggle until the officer shot the suspect.

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The suspect was shot in the shoulder, according to police, and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. As of now, the off-duty officer hasn’t been charged with anything, as authorities say he was “in fear for his life.”