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Crash Kills Off-Duty Chicago Officer

March 14, 2014  | 

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Chicago Police Officer David Harris, 42, was headed home after finishing a late shift on a special team tasked with patrolling violent areas, reports the Chicago Tribune.

He was 15 minutes from his wife and two young sons when a white van, speeding away from police in Calumet Park, slammed into his black Lexus and pushed it against a light pole at the corner of 87th Street and South Lafayette Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. today, according to police.

The woman behind the wheel of the van suffered a broken arm and was taken to the Calumet Park police station after being treated. The woman, 31, has never had a driver’s license and has been stopped several times in the past for driving offenses, according to the Illinois secretary of state's office.

Several bags of marijuana were found in the van, according to Calumet Park Police Chief Mark Davis. He would not say why one of his officers began chasing the van or disclose other details, saying the circumstances of the chase were under investigation.

Tags: Officer Down, Chicago PD, Police Vehicle Accidents, Calumet Park (Ill.) PD


Comments (5)

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Keith @ 3/15/2014 12:47 PM

I went to the academy with David in October 1997 when he was hired by Maywood PD..He was a great man...I hated running in the academy and still do to this day...every time we had to take the power test which includes a times run, I thought I was going to fail...David would run alongside me and encourage me to never give up..he would say "you worked hard for this to get here...Just stay next to me and you will make it". Then for extra motivation, he would start singing "Bad Boys bad boys...what u gonna do?..." This was the kind of guy he was. He will be sorely missed by so many. Thoughts and prayers to his family. RIP brother. We got it from here

TERRY F. ZECH(VAPD RET) @ 3/15/2014 7:37 PM

Rest in peace Officer Harris, my condolences to your family and to your departments. Godspeed as you now run the streets of gold. Also the woman driving the vehicle that killed Officer Harris should have not been on the street in the first place. Put her away for good and quit legalizing marijuana look what it does to people.

TheRookie @ 3/16/2014 1:42 AM

R.I.P. brother in blue. May your personal & L.E. families find peace & solace in the days ahead. The clock has stopped on this day, but we'll carry the torch from here on. Be safe brothers/sisters in blue. Watch your 6 O'clock.

Capt. Harris-Powell (NBPD @ 3/17/2014 7:55 AM

My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Officer Harris. May GOD give you peace in the days and months to come.

S.S. @ 3/19/2014 5:48 AM

May God be with you and your family, and your family in blue as well. R.I.P. Officer Harris.

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