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Off-duty Chicago Cop Slain In Grocery Story Robbery

December 30, 2011  | 

Photo: Chicago PD
Photo: Chicago PD

Armed robbers shot and killed an off-duty Chicago Police officer working a security detail at a west side convenience store late Thursday.

Officer Clifton Lewis, 41, was shot after two men robbed M & M Quick Foods in the 1200 block of N. Austin Blvd. At about 8:30 p.m., two armed men entered the convenience store and, during the robbery, fired several shots, striking the officer.

The suspects then took the officer's gun and star and fled the scene, reports the Chicago Tribune. In a press conference, Superintendent Garry McCarthy asked for the public's help to locate the two suspects.

Officer Lewis was transported to Stroger hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The officer was an eight-year veteran assigned to the 15th District's tactical team, according to the department.

"Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy and the Chicago Police Department extend their sincere condolences to the officer's family and friends, and ask that he and his family be remembered in your prayers," according to a Chicago PD statement. "This matter remains under investigation."

Officer Lewis had become engaged on Christmas Day, the Tribune reports.


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Morning Eagle @ 1/2/2012 11:21 AM

Our hearts go out to Officer Lewis' family and especially to his new fiancé in their shock and grief.

This escalating trend of thugs willing to shoot police has got to be reversed! Shooting Officer Lewis down then taking his gun and badge is indicative of a certain attitude beyond just shooting to affect an escape. When finally run to ground they will undoubtedly resist arrest and should be killed while doing so.

Jerry @ 1/2/2012 1:51 PM

The attitude of Morning Eagle undoubtedly mirrors that of many LEO's; However, what separates us from them as that WE ARE NOT COLD BLOODED KILLERS; They should be caught, tried and if convicted the theft of the firearm and shield should be factors in aggravation at sentencing; When we advocate that (suspects) "...should be killed..." we lower ourselves to their base level and not the level of honor, duty and integrity that Law Enforcement Professionals stand for.

Morning Eagle @ 1/2/2012 8:42 PM

Jerry, I understand and agree with your points but do not misinterpret my comments. I in no way advocate "cold blooded" killing because that would be the exact antithesis of what professional law enforcement is all about and should never occur. To clarify my comment, if these two or any others for that matter, resist by using deadly force toward apprehending officers then they must be put out of action as efficiently as possible under the existing circumstances. If it means killing to stop the perpetrator(s) then that is what must be done. Better that than allowing more officers to be killed or wounded by people that have no regard for others.

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