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Off-duty officer shoots would-be robber in Jefferson Park

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

An off-duty police officer shot a 58-year-old man who was attempting to rob a Walgreens store Monday morning in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side, and the suspect has reportedly died.

About 10:30 a.m., the suspect entered the Walgreens in the 5200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue and announced a robbery, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

An off-duty police officer who was inside the store confronted the would-be robber and a struggle ensued, police said. During the struggle, the officer shot the man.

The officer had observed a "frantic" cashier stuffing money into a bag, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said. The officer's wife and kids were waiting in a car in the parking lot.

The suspect was taken in serious-to-critical condition to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Juan Hernandez said.

He has since been pronounced dead, Camden said. Neither police nor the Cook County Medical Examiner's office could immediately confirm the fatality.

The robber's weapon was recovered at the scene, police said.

Police suspect the man may be responsible for several similar armed robberies that have occurred recently in the area, Camden said.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting.

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