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Chicago Officer Shot By Woman:Off. Richard Francis

Discussion in 'Line of Duty Death News' started by Inspector, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. Inspector

    Inspector Subscribing Member

    An on-duty Chicago police officer died early Wednesday after a woman took his gun and shot him near a Northwest Side police station. The woman was then shot and wounded by responding officers.
    A Belmont District patrol officer was fatally shot about 2 a.m. near the intersection of Belmont and Western avenues, police Supt. Jody Weis said during a press conference.

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    [​IMG] An on-duty Chicago police officer died early Wednesday after a woman took his gun and shot him near a Northwest Side police station.
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    Richard Francis, 60, of an unknown home address, was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center at 2:57 a.m., the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said. The officer, on routine patrol, was at the scene of a “disturbance” and approached a woman. A struggle then ensued between the officer and the woman and she grabbed the officer’s service weapon and shot him, Weis said.
    The woman then threatened responding officers, who shot and wounded her, according to Weis.
    The officer was initially taken to Illinois Masonic in critical condition, Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said.
    The shooting happened near Belmont Area headquarters, at the 2400 block West Belmont Avenue.
     
  2. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    No bond for accused Chicago cop killer

    By Dan Rozek and Monifa Thomas
    The Chicago Sun-Times

    CHICAGO — A woman charged with fatally shooting Chicago Police Officer Richard Francis was denied bond by a Cook County judge on Friday.
    Robin Johnson, 45, has been charged with first-degree murder of a peace officer, one count of disarming a police officer and four counts of attempted murder in connection with the early Wednesday shooting of Francis, 60. She could face the death penalty if convicted.
    During a struggle with Francis near a CTA bus, the 5-foot-9, 200-pound Johnson allegedly took the officer's gun and shot him three times, striking him in the eye, the hip and the leg.
    Then Johnson fired one shot at four uniformed officers who were responding to Francis' call for backup, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Jason Kopec said during Johnson's bond hearing.
    The officers fired back, critically injuring Johnson, who is hospitalized in stable condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with multiple wounds.
    Chicago Police have identified six witnesses to the shooting, which occurred outside a bus at Belmont and Western. Among the witnesses were an off-duty police officer, a passing motorist and two CTA bus drivers.
    Johnson's family said she suffers from epilepsy and mental illness. In the last three days, she pulled a knife on one of her daughters after becoming confused, acting as if she didn't recognize her, relatives said.
    Johnson allegedly got into a quarrel with another passenger on the bus before the driver flagged down Francis for help.

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