Off-Duty Cop Dressed As Clown Fatally Shoots Robber After Party

CHICAGO (STMW) – An off-duty Chicago Police officer was dressed as a clown and leaving a community event for toddlers when he fatally shot a man trying to rob him on the South Side Friday night.

The officer is “very active’’ in the community and was in the costume because he was entertaining toddlers attending a sleepover at a daycare center prior to the shooting, according to police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

The officer was leaving the fundraising event when the incident occured, and no children were nearby, according to Mirabelli.

The suspect approached the off-duty Chicago Police officer about 10:10 p.m. in the 1900 block of West 87th Street, produced a gun and tried to rob the officer, according to a statement from police News Affairs.

The officer and the robber struggled, and the gun discharged and struck the robber, the statement said. The weapon was recovered at the scene.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was dead on the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. He remained unidentified Saturday morning.

The officer suffered minor injuries, police said.

Calumet Area detectives and the Independent Police Review Authority are investigating.

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  • Leroy Goldberg

    Our Chicago Police Department has really been busy cleaning up our city streets. No CLOWNING around here, one less BOZO terrorizing good, honest, hard-working citizens.

    • golferboy


  • Homey The Clown

    Mess with the wrong clown. Homey don’t play that!

  • Dave

    BRAINS! Just because someone is dressed as a clown doesn’t mean he’s a weak target. Surprise! That’s what clowns are for–big surprises.

  • Tom


  • johnw

    Good riddance to this jungle garbage.

  • matty

    Nice Work!…Make Chicago safer…

  • Citizen for a Livable Chicago

    Good job Officer! Another honor student hoping to be a Doctor, lost.

  • MKEgal

    I’m glad the citizen (who happens to be employed as a police officer) wasn’t badly hurt.
    I hope the sequence of events as stated here is accurate; some reports say the officer got the gun from the robber then shot him, which could be a crime.
    And if any other citizen had done this, they would probably be charged with illegal possession of a firearm.

    BTW, since Chicago prohibits anyone other than LEO from having a usable firearm outside their home, there’s no way this story could have happened. (That’s sarcasm, folks. Laws don’t prevent crime, & everyone but people who want gun contol laws knows it.)

  • What?!?

    One less vermin on the streets. He got what he deserved.


    Best story I’ve heard all month.LOL

  • Tyronjackson

    Stories like this make me wants to be a clown… 1 less wannabe rich

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