Four suspects in custody in shooting of off-duty Chicago cop

Report comes a day after funeral services for Officer Clifton Lewis

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Four suspects are in custody in connection with the fatal shooting Dec. 29 of an off-duty Chicago police officer, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday.

One of the four men is a 34-year-old parolee who was ordered held without bond Friday on an unrelated gun charge. The parolee, whom the paper did not name because he is not charged in the death of Officer Clifton Lewis, was in a car that was stopped Tuesday for making an improper turn.

Tactical officers stopped the car in an effort to gather information about the murder of Lewis, 41, who was shot while working a second job at a convenience store in the 1200 block of North Austin Blvd., just across the street from Oak Park.

Police found a .357-caliber handgun with two live rounds in the car, the Sun-Times report said. The man appeared in Cook County Criminal Court Friday, the day after funeral services were held for Lewis. The other three suspects are in custody at the Grand-Central detective headquarters.

Chicago Police News Affairs would not confirm Friday that there were suspects in custody.

Police have said two masked men came into the store to rob it before shooting Lewis. The Sun-Times report said the men got away with hundreds of dollars. Lewis' weapon is missing, along with the TEC-9 semiautomatic weapon police believe was used to shoot him, the report said.

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Sheesh Violet..  

Posted: January 9th, 2012 1:20 AM

For goodness sakes! The article is about four suspects in custody. Their names were released when they were charged. There are two names that were released because two people were charged. They have not released the names of those who were questioned and not charged. It's a high-profile murder! You happened to comment about an update that followed this article being posted. They got charged SATURDAY! Google can really help you answer your own questions.

Street Justice  

Posted: January 8th, 2012 6:02 PM

@Violet: No racism charges are being made here. But predicting such characteristics does single out a single group. If anything it would be prejudice. But I don't know you and cannot not make any assumptions on you character. Simply stating that those comments(among others from other posters) are not relevant to this story in my opinion. For the record, I'm more of a Jello guy. :)

Violet Aura  

Posted: January 8th, 2012 4:56 PM

@Street: Clarification: you wrote "off-PUDDING" so I wanted to know what flavor. Or is it tapioca or rice? LOL

Violet Aura  

Posted: January 8th, 2012 4:54 PM

@Street Justice: What kind? Banana or vanilla? Or (since you injected a racism charge) could it be CHOCOLATE? Oh noes, I'm being RACIST!!!! So it's racist to mention sagging pants and clumsy names? Does Michelle Obama have a silly name? Does Denzel Washington sag his pants? Or could it be that these are dysfunctional behaviors that only afflict a certain segment within a community? Things to ponder...(Another thing is why so much killing within one's community? Self-hatred?)

Street Justice from Oak Park  

Posted: January 8th, 2012 3:43 PM

@Violent Aura: The reason the WJ has probably not included names is because CPD has not released any. "Chicago Police News Affairs would not confirm Friday that there were suspects in custody." I would also like to include that the racial comments are so off pudding by everyone. There is no need for them and they do not help with finding the men responsible for the death of Officer Lewis. RIP officer, your tour is over. Thank you for your service.

lulz  

Posted: January 8th, 2012 1:46 PM

LULZ is a corruption of L-O-L which stands for laugh out loud. often used by the internet gang of hackers on steroids known as anonymous. anonymous gets big lulz from pulling random pranks but for truly epic lulz anonymous does raids and invasions.

Violet Aura  

Posted: January 8th, 2012 1:25 PM

@Purple Halo: LOL!!!!!!!! @Epic: You make an interesting point. NOW 'splain to me why the WJ has not included these gents' names yet? Obviously you've seen them elsewhere...

Purple Halo  

Posted: January 8th, 2012 12:34 AM

@ epic lulz. LEAVE MY SISTER ALONE !!!!!

epic lulz  

Posted: January 8th, 2012 12:29 AM

And this just wouldn't be a WJ article without a racist stereotype comment from WJ's resident bigot, Violent Aura. However, I do agree with her on one thing. I doubt that she has the brain pan required to pronounce "Tyrone" and "Edgardo."

Colors  

Posted: January 7th, 2012 2:17 PM

Does RAP imitate reality or does reality imitate RAP?

Info  

Posted: January 7th, 2012 2:15 PM

I heard that the Officer that was shot was working for another PO that was SUPPOSE to work that night. The Shots were intended for him. Who was that officer and how and what did he do to cross a gang?

Violet Aura  

Posted: January 7th, 2012 12:04 PM

I have two predictions about these characters: 1) They sag their pants and show off their beehinds to the world 24/7 and think they are stylin.' 2) 75% of them have unpronouceable first names.

OP Guy  

Posted: January 7th, 2012 10:53 AM

53 Percenter, plus, the police have had a history of abusing the trust of residents in areas like Austin, and I won't go into Chicago racial history here, but plenty know it... So, unless you grew up in these hoods, and experienced the dangers of what these residents experience on a daily basis, you really have no right to judging good people's actions. Like I said, there needs to be more partnership between police and residents, but that's not the case right now.

OP Guy  

Posted: January 7th, 2012 10:48 AM

53 Percenter, it's easy for YOU to say not trusting cops is unacceptable from your ivory tower, but the reality is for a lot of GOOD residents of high crime areas, the police have been less than helpful, and at times more harmful. It's a sad fact that residents may face harsher punishments for speaking out at times by telling on a criminal... you'd have a different attitude if it was your little daughter's life you were endangering.I'm not saying it's "acceptable", but it can be a touch choice.

53 Percenter from Oak Park  

Posted: January 7th, 2012 10:13 AM

Let's hope that by now these cretins have been the subjects of "enhanced interrogation techniques" up to and including waterboarding. OP Guy, sorry, but your comment about residents probably having good reason to not trust cops is unacceptable. It's the spreading of that kind of attitude that's the problem. "Community organizers" need to get over themselves and view the police as partners, & stop playing to the cameras and blaming the police. It's the criminals, stupid!

OP Guy  

Posted: January 7th, 2012 4:11 AM

Austin use to have more partnership and trust between officers and residents, which meant safer streets and more criminals being caught through the exchange of info, but residents rarely trust cops these days, probably for good reason, but makes policing a whole lot harder. Another problem is the lack of parents holding their kids accountable, or being negative models themselves. This tragedy is actually CPD and the Mayor's chance to make real change, let's see if they honor this cop by doing it

OP Guy  

Posted: January 7th, 2012 4:03 AM

Actually data suggests that crime in OP is on the decline, but shootings on the border, and reading about muggings contextualized as a pattern is unnerving, but I think we do have to stand back a look at the larger picture... I still think we need harsher punishment for criminals, and more police numbers and involvement in high crime areas like Austin. The national guard won't do much other than increase numbers... they're not knowledgeable about inner city problems like CPD are.

epic lulz  

Posted: January 7th, 2012 12:08 AM

Oak Park has become a cesspool of misspellings and comma splices.

Hlh from Chicago  

Posted: January 6th, 2012 9:06 PM

I wesh Chicago would bring in the National Gaurds to take care of these thugs and gang bangers. They are getting worse everyday. No one one is safe in Chicago and it's bordering cities anymore.

willie from oak park  

Posted: January 6th, 2012 8:01 PM

oak park is becoming a cess pool of crime,peolple from west chicago come to rob us,several of my neighbours have had homes broken into,our building has been robbed of bikes several times,iv had my bike stolen,my phone stolen,now a gun store,iv had it,im moving back to the lake where its safe

OP Guy  

Posted: January 6th, 2012 5:27 PM

I hope they get the killer's and punish them with the most server punishment possible, but ALL crime in Austin must be fought with the same amount of rigor and determination, otherwise, this CPD officer will have died in vain. Disgusting animals need to be treated as such.

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