Deputy fatally shot outside Christmas party
Deputy fatally shot while trying to stop his daughter from being robbed. The Illinois deputy was off duty at a family Christmas party when he was fatally shot Friday night.
Authorities say an Illinois sheriff's deputy fatally shot while trying to break up an armed robbery outside a family Christmas party was a 50-year-old officer who was off duty at the time.Skip to next paragraph
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The Cook County Sheriff's Office tells The Associated Press that 50-year-old Cuauhtemoc Estrada died Friday night. The shooting happened at a VFW hall in Bellwood, about 13 miles from downtown Chicago.
Estrada, a former Marine, was hosting a family holiday party at a Bellwood Veterans of Foreign Wars hall Friday evening when he stepped out into the parking around 7:30 p.m. Estrada saw two people in ski masks and hoodies trying to rob his daughter and her boyfriend at gunpoint as they carried food from a car, according to authorities and relatives.
Trying to stop the robbers, Estrada reached for his gun and was shot in the chest, said Andre Harvey, Bellwood's director of public safety.
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Sheriff's officials released few details, except that the officer was shot when trying to intervene in the robbery outside the hall. They say Estrada is a former Marine who had been with the department for more than 20 years.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports the officer's body arrived at the Cook County medical examiner's office around midnight.
Bellwood police and the Cook County Sheriff's Office are investigating.
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