A Chicago police supervisor died early Sunday after he was found unconscious in his squad car, authorities said.
Around 12:10 a.m., Captain James Lavoy, 50, was discovered unconscious in his vehicle on I-94 near the Stony Island feeder ramp on the city's Far South Side, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
Lavoy, of the 10200 block of South Harding Avenue in the city's Mount Greenwood neighborhood, was taken to Trinity Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.
There were no signs of trauma or foul play, according to police, who said he "may have suffered a cardiac event" and likely died of natural causes.
Lavoy was the 5th District supervisor and a veteran of the department who had earned 65 awards and commendations over the course of his career, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference Sunday.
Johnson appeared to be overcome with emotion at several points while speaking about Lavoy, choking up as he described the father of two as a “role model and leader who valued public service, community, and had many attributes many officers looked up to and strived to achieve."
“Every one of us standing here today, and to the city of Chicago, to be here today is a testament about how we feel about Jimmy,” Johnson said. “A good man and I would just focus on not the way that he died but the way that he lived.”
“A piece of #Chicago was lost last night but a much greater part will live on thanks to what Capt James Lavoy did to make our city safer,” CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.
An investigation into Lavoy’s death remains ongoing.