Off-Duty Officer Shoots Man During Attempted Walgreens Robbery

Shooting happened about 11 a.m. in the 5200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue

By Charlie Wojciechowski
|  Monday, Feb 3, 2014  |  Updated 4:34 PM CDT
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An armed man was shot by an off-duty police officer Monday morning during an attempted robbery inside a Walgreens store on Chicago's Northwest Side, authorities said.

An armed man was shot by an off-duty police officer Monday morning during an attempted robbery inside a Walgreens store on Chicago's Northwest Side, authorities said.

An armed man was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer Monday morning during an attempted robbery inside a Walgreens store on Chicago's Northwest Side, authorities said.

The man entered the store in the 5200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue around 10:30 a.m. and announced a robbery, according to police News Affairs.
 
The off-duty officer, who was using an ATM at the store, noticed the cashier frantically putting cash in a bag. The officer identified himself and confronted the man, according to police.

Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said the officer ordered the man to his knees. As he went to his knees, the man told the officer he wasn't going back to jail. Camden said the man reached for a gun, and the officer shot him.

"The guy looked up at him and says, 'I'm not going in, you're going to have to shoot me.' Starts reaching into his pocket for the handgun, at this point the officer fires a shot," Camden said.

The officer was "in fear for his life," police said.

The man was placed into custody and transported to an area hospital where he later died. No one else was injured.

Police are looking into the possibility that the suspect is the same man who robbed the same store on Jan. 26.

The incident remains under investigation, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Area North Detectives at 312-744-8261.

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