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    Sheriff: Cook County Jail Officer Accused of Murder
    Montrell Moss was killed in a suspected road rage incident in Hammond, Ind. after he was allegedly shot by a Cook County Jail correctional officer.

    A Cook County Jail correctional officer is being fired after he was allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of a motorist following a dispute on Thursday, officials with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.

    Edgar Singleton Jr., 61, was charged with murder after he allegedly discharged his weapon following a dispute with a fellow motorist in Hammond, Ind., resulting in the man’s death, according to sheriff’s spokesman Ben Breit.

    The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has de-deputized Singleton and is in the process of terminating his employment, Breit said in a statement.

    A 23-year-old East Chicago man was killed in the incident, which police believe was a shooting provoked by a road rage incident Thursday.

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    Police say Montrell Moss was driving north on Indianapolis Boulevard when he threw a cup full of water at a van driving alongside him.

    According to the Northwest Indiana Times, the driver of the van fired a shot from a 9 mm handgun, hitting Moss in the neck and fleeing the scene.

    Moss was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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    A passenger in Moss' vehicle was speaking with police at the scene and noticed the van driving by. Officers stopped the vehicle and say a gun and shell casing was found inside .