A Cook County Circuit Court Judge was shot and killed earlier Monday morning outside his home on the south side of Chicago.
Sixty-six-year-old Associate Judge Raymond Myles was killed and a woman companion wounded in what authorities suspect was a botched robbery although nothing was stolen.
Investigators were reviewing footage from nearby security cameras to see if they captured images of the suspect, who is described only as a black male, fleeing the scene, according to CPD’s Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples.
She said investigators were looking into robbery as a possible motive in the attack, although no property appeared to have been taken. Police have not gathered enough information at this point to say whether or not the judge may have been targeted as a result of his job, she said.
“I think there are some patterns of robberies in the area, whether this is related to that we do not know at this time,” Chief Staples said.
Police said the woman first encountered the gunman when she exited the home as she was planning to head to a local fitness center to work out. Chief Staples said the woman exchanged words with the gunman, whom she did not recognize, and was shot. Hearing the shooting, Judge Myles exited the home and also exchanged words with the gunman before he was shot, Chief Staples said.
CPD’s First Deputy Superintendent Kevin Navarro called the shooting “a direct attack on the criminal justice system” and said the department would use every resource possible to track down the gunman[…]
Law enforcement is looking into threats made against Judge Myles and a road-rage incident that occurred last September in which Myles was beaten up.
In September, Myles was trying to park his car on the South Side when another car struck his. The other driver punched Myles in the face when the judge began taking pictures of the damage, authorities say.
Myles reportedly suffered a fractured nose and other injuries requiring surgery. Deandre Hudson is facing an aggravated battery charge in the case. He’s free on bond, records show….
Another case of Black on Black homicide, Black on Black violence in the windy city of Chicago.