An Illinois deputy was fatally shot outside a family Christmas party, according to a Dec. 21 Associated Press report. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office told the AP that the Sheriff’s deputy, 50-year-old Cuauhtemoc Estrada died Friday night after he was fatally shot while trying to break up an armed robbery. The shooting occurred at a VFW hall in Bellwood, about 13 miles from downtown Chicago.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Estrada, who was off duty at the time walked outside the hall, saw the attempted robbery in progress and tried to break it up. “The offender shot him and killed him,” Sheriff Tom Dart said.
Estrada was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he died a little after 10 p.m., according to reports from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The former United States Marine worked as an investigator for Cook County for more than 20 years.
“He was an exceptional investigator, but an even better man who loved his family, his friends and his country,” Dart said in a statement. “Quite simply, he made this world a better place and will be missed by all whose lives he touched.”
The investigation is ongoing.