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Off-Duty Cop Shoots, Kills Angry Dad

August 13, 2012  | 

An off-duty Chicago police officer shot and killed a man in west suburban Maywood Saturday after the officer crashed his motorcycle trying to avoid running into the man's daughter, according to officials.

The officer was on a northbound motorcycle heading home about 10 p.m. after his shift in a West Side police station and saw a 4-year-old girl dart into the street in the 1100 block of South 1st Avenue, authorities said.

The officer ditched his bike but the bike hit the child and her 18-year-old cousin. The girl's father, 26-year-old Christopher Middleton, approached the officer yelling and screaming, authorities said. He was inside a nearby restaurant when the accident happened, said Larry Shapiro, a spokesman for the village of Maywood.

Read the full Chicago Tribune story.

Comments (6)

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Walkin' traila @ 8/13/2012 7:29 PM

I don't know Chicago, but sounded like a commercial zone area. What was a 4 year old doing in the street? Hope the officer come out of this okay.

Greg @ 8/14/2012 5:18 AM

Sounds like a pretty typical "chimp out". Officer , who identified himself, was willing to sacrifice himself to keep from hitting a 4 y.o. child who ran into the street. Father, well..sperm donor, of the child blames the officer for him not being a responsible parent and punches the officer in the face...then the officer was attacked from behind...while on the ground, the 18 year old cousin (who evidently was supposed to watch the 4 y.o. but didn't ) then kicked the officer. Nice family. As he was afraid of losing consciousness he shoots the male attacker. Adding drama, the pregnant girlfriend throws herself on her man.

So, the required bleatings start. "We were going to be married when the next check came so we could buy rings"...their oldest kid was 6-7...can't rush these things. His mom said, "But he was a good boy" etc. etc. etc. Of course, a quote from the attacker, "Why did you shoot me?" adds to the mix. Is there a book with this script people can buy? Amazing how many, "He's a good boys" are killers/gangbangers or criminals.

Chiefjohn @ 8/14/2012 6:07 AM

This is typical, a cop does the right thing and the low lifes become "the victim". You can just see the City babying them and paying them off, which makes us look guilty of something. It makes you wonder if we all just didn't continue to beat our heads against the wall, just to be sued or be retaliated against and stop protecting the law makers, politicians and let them be without thier protection for 48 hours, if they would see the light. I don't think you should be permitted to run for any office until you did a ride along in the worst areas for a month. Maybe they would appreciate the job we do.

Robocop @ 8/14/2012 8:05 AM

I have to agree with the other posters. Why was this 4 yr old out at 10pm in the street in an industrial area while her farther was sitting in a 'nearby' restaurant? The Officer did the best he could to try and avoid the child but was still attacked by the entire family! Nice people. Prayers go out to the Officer to get through this terrible time.

Martin Ullstrup @ 8/14/2012 5:25 PM

I'm not a law enforcement officer, but I do understand the positions they are place in. The city should gather up the whole clan that was involved in the assault of the officer and make all of them sit in jail for (30) days, to contemplate their felonious behavior. They are the ones that are responsible for the death of the father. If they instead would have assisted theofficer, the father would probably still be alive.

John Wilson @ 8/20/2012 7:25 PM

Poor parenting, child out in the neighborhood after 10 pm, cousin not watching the child. Officer gets made to look like the problem, when this family is the problem. Pray for the officer's safe return to duty. As for the family, throw them under the jail.

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