Chicago judge shot dead outside of his home
On Monday, a 66-year-old Chicago judge was shot and killed just outside of his home.
Cook County Judge Raymond Myles was shot multiple times, along with a woman who was described by police as “a close associate of the judge,” according to a press conference Monday held by Chicago police. The woman was reportedly shot in the leg and received non-life-threatening injuries.
Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples said that Myles and his friend were likely about to go on their early morning workout together. The woman apparently left the home and encountered the shooting suspect, who is still at large, before she was shot. Myles then apparently came out to investigate the noise.
“Based off of this very preliminary information, he exchanged words with the offender before he was fatally shot multiple times,” Staples said.
The woman was able to call 911, but the suspect fled. Staples said that police are “actively pursuing multiple and promising leads” and reviewing surveillance. She could not say whether or not the shooting was related to Myles’ career as a judge.
First Deputy Superintendent of Police Kevin Navarro said the incident was “a reminder of the ever-present challenge we have with illegal guns” and “a direct attack on the criminal justice system that keeps our society safe.”
“Every day, civil servants like Judge Myles and those of us in law enforcement work tirelessly to hold criminals accountable and make our streets safer,” Navarro said. “You have our word that we will not let Judge Myles’ life be lost in vain, and we will hold his killer accountable.”