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A deputy was fatally shot outside of a holiday party this weekend. The 20-year veteran of the Illinois Sheriff’s Department was off-duty at the time he was killed, according to ABC News On Dec. 21.

50-year-old Cuauhtermoc Estrada died Friday night after he was fatally shot while trying to break up an armed robbery. The shooting happened when Estrada was outside the VFW hall in Bellwood, about 13 miles outside of Chicago.

Estrada saw an armed robbery in progress outside of the VFW hall where inside a family Christmas party was underway. He tried to intervene in the robbery, but was shot in the process of trying to help. He died from the wounds he received in that shooting.

He was a former Marine and he joined the Illinois Sheriff’s Department over 20 years ago. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, Estrada’s body arrived there about midnight on Saturday.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office and the Bellwood Police Department will investigate this fatal shooting together.

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