Sheriff: Cook County Jail Officer Accused of Murder

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.

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.

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 .

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