Cook County criminal judge shot to death in Chicago

Chicago police work the scene where Cook County Judge Raymond Myles was shot and killed Monday
Chicago police work the scene where Cook County Judge Raymond Myles was shot and killed Monday
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11 April, 2017

Police say the two were shot outside Myles home in the 9400-block of Forest Avenue at about 4:51 a.m. Myles was 66.

Detectives are "investigating a multitude of possible leads" surrounding the shooting, and it's unclear whether Myles was the suspect's original target or if the killing was connected to his role as a judge, Chicago police said. The 52-year-old woman was reported in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the leg.

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A Cook County, Illinois judge was gunned down in a Chicago shooting early Monday morning.

Police said Monday they don't know whether Myles was targeted because of his judicial duties. Police said it appeared that no property was taken from the victims or the residence, but the attack may have started as a robbery attempt. The judge later died from his injuries, the woman is now in serious condition.

Police said the woman was a close associate of the judge. Myles suffered a broken nose and other injuries that required reconstructive surgery, the report added. "You have our word that we will not let Judge Myles' life be lost in vain, and we will hold his killer accountable".

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Police aren't releasing names yet; and no one has been arrested.

Myles was an associate judge in Cook County Circuit Court's criminal division.

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for any information leading to the apprehension of the suspect. The shots woke me up, and the screaming of the woman woke me up.

Timothy Evans, the circuit court's chief judge, eulogized Myles' "wealth of experience in law and extensive service to the community". "I offer my deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues in the Criminal Division", Evans said in a statement.

The same man said Judge Myles liked to garden and always watched out for the entire neighborhood. Myles reportedly heard the noise and came outside.


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