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West Humboldt Park Death Results in Lawsuit Against City

A friend of the family of a 55-year-old man who was killed in his West Humboldt Park sweet shop last year is suing the city for taking too long to respond to the 911 call that could have saved his life, according to a lawsuit filed today.

Michael Norton, formerly of unincorporated Glen Ellyn, was found in the rear of his store with a bullet through the back of his head and his hands bound in May of 2009. At least one witness immediately called 911 to report that people with ski masks and guns were trying to rob the store on North Avenue, according to the suit.

The suit says that the nearest police station was five minutes away, but police didn’t arrive for nearly 20 minutes, which demonstrates reckless disregard for the welfare of the deceased.

The city of Chicago and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, named as defendants in the case, “willfully and wantonly” caused Norton’s death, as detailed in the suit brought by Margaret Carolan, Norton’s estate executor and next friend to Norton’s minor daughter. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

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