Off-duty Chicago Cop Kills Son in Garfield Ridge

(Sun Times Wire) An off-duty Chicago police officer fatally shot his son during a domestic incident early Wednesday in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood on the Southwest Side, according to a source with knowledge of the shooting.

Rafael Flores, 23, was shot about 1:50 a.m. in a home in the 5600 block of South Nottingham, according to Chicago police.

Police said he was fatally shot “by the homeowner during a physical altercation,” and was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives were investigating the shooting as “domestic related.”

County property records show that the home is owned by a 19-year member of the Chicago Police Department, and a source with knowledge of the shooting said Flores was the officer’s son.

John Catanzara, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, the union that represents rank-and-file Chicago police officers, visited the home Wednesday morning, but he declined to comment on what happened.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating the shooting, according to a COPA spokesman.

Article Org: Chicago.suntimes.com

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