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Chicago judge, 66, shot dead outside of his home
Meera Jagannathan Apr-10-2017 386 0


A Chicago judge was shot dead in front of his South Side home early Monday in what cops called “yet another senseless act of violence.”

Cook County Judge Raymond Myles, 66, died after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds from a still-at-large suspect just before 5 a.m., Chicago police said in a press conference Monday.

A woman, whom authorities called “a close associate of the judge,” was shot once in the leg and suffered a non-life threatening injury. Multiple news outlets reported her age as 52.

Myles and his friend had likely been preparing to embark on their regular early-morning workout, Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples said. The woman exited Myles’ residence and encountered a man with a gun; after the two exchanged words, the assailant shot her — prompting Myles to investigate the commotion outside.

“Based off of this very preliminary information, he exchanged words with the offender before he was fatally shot multiple times,” Staples said.

The injured woman managed to phone 911. The suspect, who did not appear to have stolen any property, fled on foot.

“Based off of this very preliminary information, he exchanged words with the offender before he was fatally shot multiple times,” Staples said.
The injured woman managed to phone 911. The suspect, who did not appear to have stolen any property, fled on foot.

First Deputy Superintendent of Police Kevin Navarro branded the killing “a reminder of the ever-present challenge we have with illegal guns” and “a direct attack on the criminal justice system that keeps our society safe.”

“Every day, civil servants like Judge Myles and those of us in law enforcement work tirelessly to hold criminals accountable and make our streets safer,” Navarro told reporters. “You have our word that we will not let Judge Myles’ life be lost in vain, and we will hold his killer accountable.”

Myles joined the circuit court in October 1999 and was appointed as an associate judge in June 2011 — at one point ordering William Balfour, the man later found guilty of killing Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson’s family, to be held without bail. The judge had served in the criminal division for the past eight years.

Timothy Evans, the circuit court’s chief judge, eulogized Myles’ “wealth of experience in law and extensive service to the community.”

“I have always known Judge Myles to be focused and determined in the pursuit of justice, and his conduct earned him the confidence and respect of the people who appeared before him,” Evans said in a statement.

“All of our colleagues at the Leighton Criminal Court Building will miss Judge Myles, who they came to know for his kindness and his impartial administration of justice.”

   
     

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