Officer’s husband killed in home invasion on South Side

CHICAGO -- The husband of a Chicago police officer was killed during a home break-in on the South Side.

The home invasion happened around 3:45 a.m. Thursday in the 9700 block of South Harvard Avenue in the Longwood Manor neighborhood.

Police said four men broke into the home through a side window. Demetrius Jones, 43, who was inside the home, got into a physical struggle with one of the offenders, and was shot in the neck and the back.

Jones was transported to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn where he later died.

It is unclear if the offenders knew Jones, or that they were entering the home of a police officer. The officer was home at the time of the incident but did not fire her weapon.

Detectives and evidence technicians took the screen from the window where the men got in. There is what looks like a camera placed above the window, but whether it will give police any clues isn’t known yet.

No one is in custody.

Balloons were attached to the fence by the front door of the home next to a sign saying, "We love you cuz." Family and friends have come and gone throughout the day.

CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson offered condolences to the family and said it’s a tragedy any time there’s a death in the city, regardless of the circumstances.

"We take this stuff personally, because I got to tell you, everybody in this city should be sick and tired of seeing what we’re seeing right now," he said.