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Cop fatally shoots elderly neighbor who shot officer’s wife
A police officer’s wife is in serious condition after she was shot by a shotgun-wielding elderly neighbor during a dispute that ended with the officer fatally shooting the man.
The incident occurred about 2:15 p.m., when an off-duty Chicago Police officer was at home in the 8400 block of South Carpenter Avenue and he heard a verbal argument between his wife and a female neighbor, according to a statement from police News Affairs. The officer went outside and saw the female neighbor throwing rocks and dirt at his wife and striking her with a broom. A male in the neighbors’ backyard then retrieved a shotgun and fired shots at the officer’s wife, striking her in the arm and head, the statement said.
Police said off-duty officer then fired shots at the male. The female neighbor then tried to pick up the shotgun, despite instructions by the officer. The officer then fired shots and struck the female, the statement said.
According to Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden, the shooting happened during a dispute across a backyard fence, initially between the Chicago Police officer’s wife and an elderly neighbor.
The elderly woman started throwing dirt over the fence and the argument got louder, prompting the officer, who was sitting in the front of the house, to come to the backyard, Camden said.
The neighbor called for her husband, also in his 80s, to “get that thing” and come into the yard, Camden said. The elderly man came out with a shotgun and fired at the officer’s wife, striking her in the upper chest and arm area, according to Camden.
At that point, the officer shot the man in defense, fatally wounding him, according to Camden.
The man was identified as 86-year-old Joe Huff Jr., who was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:50 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
The elderly neighbor’s wife then went to pick up the shotgun, and the officer told her “numerous times” not to pick it up, Camden said. When she did, the officer fired a shot and struck her in the arm.
The officer’s wife was in surgery Friday afternoon, Camden said.
Paramedics also took the officer to Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers because he was complaining of chest pains and feeling short of breath, Camden and Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said.
Two other people — both women — were shot and taken by paramedics to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with non-life-threatening injuries, Langford and police said.
Authorities have recovered the shotgun, Camden said.
The Independent Police Review Authority and Area South detectives are investigating.