Police investigating homicide in Posen
By Steve Metsch email@example.com October 4, 2013 4:00PM
Updated: November 7, 2013 6:41AM
A 28-year-old gunman killed one person and wounded another during a domestic dispute in Posen on Friday before being fatally shot by a Blue Island police officer, authorities said.
Authorized described the incident as a “domestic-related homicide” at a home at 145th Street and Campbell Avenue, according to a news release from the village.
The guman, whose identity was not released, was fatally shot by police in the 14300 block of Sherman Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey at 12:30 p.m., according to the medical examiner.
The gunman’s victim, a 27-year-old Alsip man, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting about noon, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Further details were not released Friday evening, pending notification of the deceased’s family and further investigation, according to the village.
It said the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and the Illinois State Police were investigating the shootings along with Posen police.
The police presence resulted in dozens of curious residents milling about the intersection of 145th Street and Sherman Avenue as they watched investigators go door to door.
Two officers walked up and down neighborhood streets looking for clues with a police dog as a helicopter flew overhead.
A woman who declined to be identified was surprised by all the activity on a sultry Friday afternoon.
“I’ve lived here since I was 10. It’s very quiet. Nothing happens here. They call this street (Sherman Avenue) ‘Mayors’ Row’ because many mayors have lived here,” said the woman, 71.
Miguel Perez, 29, called Posen “a nice, quiet town.”
“Nothing like this ever happens here,” he said. “I’ve been here 14 years.”
Residents standing outside Rosie’s Abarrotes, a tiny corner store, traded stories about what they heard had happened. Their accounts varied as to how many were shot and what led to the incident.
Therese Kolodziej, 51, said a man involved in the dispute was found in the garage of her aunt’s home, a frame house on Sherman Avenue. Her aunt, 93, never was in danger and was doing fine, Kolodziej said.
An Illinois State Police investigator carefully placed four bright yellow markers on Campbell Avenue, markers typically used to denote the location of spent shells.
Robert Martinez, 24, who lives in the 14500 block of Sherman and served in the Army, said he definitely heard gunshots fired. He said police apprehended one man from the roof of a house.
“In Posen, you don’t see these kind of events. This is a place you want to raise your kids, your family,” Martinez said, shaking his head.
Police at the scene declined to say how many people were involved, how many were injured or how many had been killed.
Contributing: Sun-Times Media