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Investigators remove body from an apartment building scene fatal police-involved shooting 956 Olive Road Homewood Sunday. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

Investigators remove a body from an apartment building at the scene of a fatal police-involved shooting at 956 Olive Road in Homewood Sunday. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 2, 2013 6:08AM



At a Homewood apartment building where police shot and killed a man early Sunday morning, a neighbor said he was awakened by the sound of glass breaking and a woman’s scream so intense it was a “last cry for help.”

Brandon Culpepper, 30, was shot during a confrontation with police, who were responding to a call of a disturbance in a third-floor apartment of the building, 956 Olive Road, Homewood police said.

Culpepper died of multiple gunshot wounds, and his death was ruled a homicide by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Isaih Martin, 21, who lives on the second floor of the building, said Monday that Culpepper lived with his mother. Martin said he called police when he “heard a woman scream, glass breaking and a body dragged across the floor.”

Police, who did not return multiple phone messages on Monday, earlier said they responded to a report of a disturbance about 6:45 a.m. Police have not released any details regarding the shooting. Mayor Rich Hofeld said the incident was under investigation but declined further comment.

Homewood police said Illinois State Police and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office’s public integrity unit are investigating the shooting.

A spokeswoman for the state’s attorney’s office said Monday there would be no comment until the investigation is complete.

Culpepper’s mother, Marcia Holton, said she was too busy to comment Monday afternoon.

“My son got killed (Sunday) morning, and I wish I had the time to talk to you right now but I don’t,” Holton said.

Martin said he thought a bullet must have struck a water pipe because he and neighbors were getting water in their apartments after the shooting. He said he also saw blood dripping into his shower from the ceiling above.

“I left my apartment after that,” he said.

Martin said he thought Culpepper was “off,” based on his brief interactions with him.

“It’s weird,” he said. “But you don’t expect something like that to happen.”

Contributing: Mike Nolan,
Susan DeMar Lafferty



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