Off-duty officer fatally shoots would-be robber in Hazel Crest

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HAZEL CREST, Ill. -- An off-duty Chicago police officer shot and killed a teen during a robbery attempt in Hazel Crest, Ill.

Police said the officer was meeting the two suspects Tuesday night on Birchwood Drive before 10 p.m.

He thought he was buying a computer from them after the purchase was made online.

The police chief said a juvenile and adult man held the officer at gun point, went through his pockets then discovered his badge and gun on his belt. They tried to disarm him, but the officer cop grabbed his gun first.

The officer fatally shot the robber, who is believed to be a teenager. He was found dead between two nearby houses. Police said he had a gun in his hand and a key fob for the officer's car in his pocket.

The other suspect got away and the officer was not injured.

One neighbor said she heard gunshots and one of the bullets shattered a window in her home.

"I'm surprised it happened like that. This is a quiet neighborhood," Betty Wakins, a neighbor, said.

Chicago police said he is a four-year veteran and is on 30-day administrative leave.

The Independent Police Review Authority is also investigating

Police said this should serve as a reminder that online exchanges should be made at the police station.

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