Tribute Held for Officer Slain Six Years Ago

Ofc. Richard Francis, a 27-year-veteran of the force, was shot in the face with his own gun on July 2, 2008

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    Officers gathered near Belmont and Western early Wednesday morning.

    The somber sound of bagpipes filled the air in Chicago's North Center neighborhood early Wednesday to honor a fallen officer.

    Dozens of officers gathered at the corner of West Belmont and North Western avenues at about 1:45 a.m. It was about that time in 2008 when Ofc. Richard Francis, a 27-year-veteran of the force, was killed.

    Francis, 60, was shot by a woman who grabbed his gun after he responded to a disturbance on a Chicago Transit Authority bus. The woman, Robin Johnson, was later found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

    A wreath was placed at the corner where Francis died. A similar tribute was held in 2009.

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