Chicago police identified officer killed during robbery www.privateofficer.com
Chicago IL Dec 30 2011 An off-duty police officer was shot and killed Thursday night during a robbery at a convenience store in the Austin neighborhood where he worked as a security guard, officials said.
Two men walked into the M & M Quick Foods in the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard about 8:30 p.m. and shot the officer, Clifton Lewis, several times with a “machine-type” pistol. They then grabbed his gun and star and fled, sources said.
Lewis, 41, an eight-year veteran assigned to the Austin District, was rushed to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. About 200 police officers joined Lewis’ family at the hospital into the night.
Darrell Davis, 22, who was in the store with a friend, said the shooter didn’t say much and the officer didn’t have time to react. “It happened so quickly,” Davis said.
Store owner Jaimini Patel said the store, which is equipped with security cameras, was robbed about three weeks ago.
“For so many years, nothing happened like this,” she said. “Not like this, a shooting, somebody dying. Never happened. I don’t know what to say now.”
James Bowman, 35, who lives nearby in Oak Park, said hiring a security guard “was supposed to stop the problem. But now it’s a bigger problem.”
Bowman said his friend was killed on the same block about 10 years ago. “Stuff like this, it’s normal here,” he said.
Another man, who asked not to be named, said he stopped by the store Wednesday after his son’s basketball game and spoke with the officer.
His son was dribbling the ball and the officer asked the man about his son’s game.
“Shocking, it’s shocking,” the man said about the shooting.
A woman who lives near the store was on her way to play the lottery when said she heard one shot and then saw police gather quickly.
Just before midnight, more than a dozen police cars were parked near Stroger with their Mars lights flashing, waiting for Clifton’s body to be taken to the Cook County medical examiner’s office a few blocks away.