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An Alsip police car sits Friday afterno145th Street Sherman Avenue Posen where police said 'domestic-related' homicide took place.  |

An Alsip police car sits Friday afternoon at 145th Street and Sherman Avenue in Posen, where police said a "domestic-related" homicide took place. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 7, 2013 6:58AM



A 21-year-old woman remained in critical condition Saturday, a day after being shot in the pelvis during a deadly domestic episode outside her home in Posen.

Megan Sammon, 19, of Oak Park, said that her older sister, Jenna Sammon, was being treated at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for wounds she suffered Friday morning outside her home at 145th Street and Campbell Avenue.

According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, Sherman Threets, 28, was declared dead at 12:34 p.m. Friday at Ingalls Memorial Hospital. His cause of death is pending further investigation. Tristan Hart, 27, 11735 South Karlov Ave., Alsip, was declared dead at the scene at 12:07 p.m. Friday, the medical examiner’s office said.

Threets was Sammon’s ex-boyfriend, and Hart was her current boyfriend, family members said.

Authorities said Threets was fatally shot by a Blue Island police officer.

Sammon’s cousin, Rachel Kordelewski, said she and Jenna were talking on the phone when the fatal shootings occurred.

Kordelewski said the shooting carried over from an incident earlier that morning when Threets broke into Sammon’s house and hid in the basement, Kordelewski said. When Sammon went into the basement to check on her dogs about 9 a.m., Threets stabbed her with a screwdriver in the hand and arm a total of three times, Kordelewski said.

During the attack, Sammon screamed for her current boyfriend, Hart, who chased Threets out of the house.

Sammon was treated at a nearby hospital and released, Kordelewski said. Hart picked her up along with his cousin and they went her back to the house about 11:15 a.m. to pick up clothes.

Sammon waited in Hart’s car while Hart and his cousin went into the house, Kordelewski said. All the while, Sammon was talking on the phone with Kordelewski, she said.

“She was sitting in the car and she heard a boom,” Kordelewski said. “She’s like, ‘I think it was a gunshot.’ ”

Kordelewski said that Sammon told her that she saw her boyfriend’s cousin standing on the roof of their house, and then she hung up the phone. Kordelewski said she called her back and learned what happened.

“She said, ‘Oh my God, I’m shot, I’m going to die,” Kordelewski said.

Kordelewski said Threets shot Hart before shooting her. Once she was shot, she drove a few blocks to get away from the scene.

According to Kordelewski, Jenna Sammon met Hart where they worked together at a meat packing company at 154th Street and Wentworth Avenue. Kordelewski said that Threets and Sammon had dated on and off for a year, and Jenna started dating Hart recently.

Threets’ longtime friend Derrick Toombs, said that Threets was jealous of Sammon after they broke up.

“His problem is that he loves too hard,” Toombs said, adding that Threets had two children. “If she didn’t love him the way he loved her, it’s a problem.”

The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and the Illinois State Police are investigating the shootings along with Posen police.

The police presence Friday 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.

Miguel Perez, 29, called Posen “a nice, quiet town.”

“Nothing like this ever happens here,” he said. “I’ve been here 14 years.”

Robert Martinez, 24, who lives in the 14500 block of Sherman and served in the Army, said he heard the gunshots.

“In Posen, you don’t see these kind of events,”Martinez said, shaking his head. “This is a place you want to raise your kids, your family.”

Contributing: Steve Metsch, Sun-Times Media



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