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Off-duty Police Officer Found Shot in His Car

Monday, an off duty Chicago police officer was found dead inside his personal vehicle of a gun shot wound.

Investigators have ruled out a robbery as the unnamed officer’s wallet and gun were still on him when he was found in his car around 6:30 p.m..

The 15-year veteran, was found on the 2900 block of West Seipp Street when Theodore Browing, who lives across the street, heard gun shots and called police. Browing is also a cop, but did not know the victim. He told a reporter he saw someone running from the scene, but due to the heavy rain at the time, he could not see much else.

So far, police are treating the shooting as a homicide. A police source said the shots were fired from inside the vehicle and that two empty bullet casings were found nearby. Another source has said a cigarette was still in the officer’s mouth when he was found, leading officers to believe he knew his killer.

The officer’s neighbors say he was an only child, and both of his parents are deceased. Police have yet to release his name as they are having trouble finding a relative to identify the body, and a name won’t be given until a family member has provided a positive identification.

This marks the fourth Chicago police officer shot this year.

“We’ve done this too many times this year,” said Police Superintendent Jody Weis at an early morning press conference at Police Headquarters, “And it’s with a great deal of sadness that once again I stand before you announcing