Parolee Charged With Killing Cop, Former CHA Officer

Updated: 11/29/10 8:58 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) – A 19-year-old parolee on Monday was charged in the fatal shooting of Chicago police evidence technician Michael Flisk and a robbery victim he was assisting last week.

Flisk, 46, and Stephen Peters, a 44-year-old retired Chicago Housing Authority and south suburban police officer, were found dead Friday afternoon in the 8100 block of South Burnham Avenue.

Flisk, a decorated officer, was called to Peters’ mother’s home to investigate a theft from Stephen’s red Ford Mustang Cobra, police said. Both men were gunned down at the South Side garage.

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Michael Flisk (left), Stephen Peters

Chicago Police Officer Michael Flisk (left) and retired CHA officer Stephen Peters were shot to death on Nov. 26, 2010. (CBS)

Charged Monday with two counts of first-degree murder was 19-year-old Timothy Herring, who lived near the mother’s home. Herring had previously spent time in prison for an armed robbery conviction and was paroled in September.

At a Monday news conference, Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis praised detectives who “worked tirelessly, non-stop, even in the face of extreme grief” for their fallen comrade, Flisk. He also credited members of the community who “helped get a killer off the street.”

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Timothy Willis (Chicago Police Department)

A second individual, Timothy Willis, 22, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and obstruction of justice, Weis told reporters. Officials would not discuss his role in the crime.

A police official said Herring committed the original burglary, and shot Flisk and Peters when he saw they were at the scene of his crime.

“We believe the motive was trying to hide an earlier burglary. The subject simply did not want to be caught for doing a burglary. He was already on parole as it was. And didn’t want to be apprehended for an earlier burglary,” Police Cmdr Keith Calloway said.

Herring was picked up at 5:40 p.m. Saturday at his home, according to a law enforcement source. The 19-year-old was released from prison on Sept. 14. He was in prison for a parole violation, but had previously been convicted of armed robbery in 2007 and sentenced to six years in prison. Neighbors say he robbed a liquor store.

A search warrant was obtained and executed at the man’s home on Saturday, according to the source.

Autopsies on Saturday determined both men died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Both deaths were ruled homicides.

Supt. Weis said it happened so fast that neither man had time to reach for their own guns.

Those who knew Officer Flisk say the department has suffered a tremendous loss.

“He’s one of those guys that, when you guys met up in an office together, it would be a pleasure to be with him because he’d always make you laugh,” said Officer John Zalewski. “He always had a great story. He always talked about his kids and his wife.”

Herring is also charged with one count each of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with a June 18 shooting that happened at 8034 S. Burnham Ave., Cook County State’s Attorney spokesman Andy Conklin said.

In that shooting, a male victim was shot in the abdomen and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition after two people came out of a gangway about 12:40 a.m. and fired at him, police said at the time.

A neighbor of Herring’s said the young man had been in trouble but was surprised to learn of the charges against him.

“I knew him ever since he was a little boy,” John Walker told CBS 2. “He was pretty decent, you know. Any average kid, they’ll get into a little trouble.”

CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov and the Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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  • CO

    I feel that due to the nature of this double murder this defendant if found guilty should get the Death Penalty.

  • Mike

    @Tim: You’re an idiot, and you’re welcome to crawl back into your hole now…

  • Mr.Bag

    Why, is what I would like to know. And then kill him if he is guilty. if not, set him free>

  • melvin brown

    i/m gl;ad they got the bum

  • 1life

    This shows how ignorant you are if it was a child molester would I be wrong and say I bet he is going to be a white man. I get so tired of people placing race on everything from killing to spitting and everything negative in between. I’m a middle class tax payer with a high paying career who happens to lives in a very middle class neighborhood by saying this would you say oh yeah I bet this person is black – no. People love to say race has something to do with it no it don’t this is about how this person was brought up not the color of his skin. It all starts within the home not your race. Instead of saying I knew he was black try saying this criminal was not raised properly – geesh you are no better than him because you both are ignorant.

  • timsanidiot

    Ok so he’s black what does this solves??

    • inkitnow

      So Tim, why did you bring up race?

  • FGFM

    Racist troll keeps trolling.

  • Drew

    no the truth does’nt hurt look at the whole picture

  • IDOC at fault here

    i think its time for the department of corrections to start reevaluating putting convicted criminals on parole or the new thing, “intense parole” At the very least putting this guy on house arrest may have stopped this.

  • Just the average joe

    I just knew it would be someone who already been convicted of something and served time. We just can’t release these felons to quick, and when we do, they need a real short leash.



  • Shane

    Any wonder why most Americans are very weary and uncomfortable around so many young black males?? NOT “racial” at all…rather FACTUAL !!

    If found guilty, penalty should be go to Afghanistan and face Taliban insurgents.
    Go be BIG HEROES there, you gang-banger LOSERS.

  • WL

    This is just so sad. Two men were taken away from their families with minor chirldren right after the Thanksgiving holiday , all for AUTO PARTS? This is just so sick. There are just so many useless black males on the south and west sides of Chicago it is fast becoming an epedemic.

  • Former CHA Officer Who Died With Chicago Cop Laid To Rest « CBS Chicago – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic, and the Best of Chicago

    […] The former CHA police officer was killed alongside Chicago Police Officer Michael Flisk Nov. 26 as Flisk investigated the theft of parts from Peters’ prized Mustang car. A parolee has been charged in the double murder. […]

  • Gino Ross

    Tim was a scared young man. How dare any of you judge what you don’t know.

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