Cook County Judge Raymond Myles Murdered At Home, Manhunt Underway For Killer
Judge Raymond Myles Murdered
Chicago – Cook County Criminal Division Judge Raymond Myles was gunned down in front of his home Monday morning.
According to CBS News, Chicago police officers responded around 4:50 AM to a report of a shooting in the 9400 block of South Forest Avenue. Both Judge Myles and a woman who lived at the home were found shot in front of the home.
In a statement, police said that they believe the woman was shot first, when she encountered the gunman. The two exchanged words, and he shot her once in the leg, according to The Chicago Tribune. Judge Raymond Myles came outside, spoke with the gunman, who then shot him multiple times.
Police are not sure if this was robbery attempt; nothing of value appeared to be stolen from either the victims or their home.
It’s not clear if this was a targeted attack related to Judge Myles’s work. Police said that the woman did not appear to know the gunman.
A neighbor said that he was awakened by gunfire and screams. He said he heard six shots and a woman screaming “Don’t kill him! Don’t kill him!”.
The suspect is believed to have fled first on foot then from a nearby car. The FBI has offered a $25,000 reward for the suspect’s arrest. A large manhunt is underway for the suspect.
Chicago PD First Superintendent Kevin Navarro called the incident “another senseless act of violence.” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has ordered his department to use “every resource to track down the offender and bring them to justice.”
Judge Raymond Myles was an associate judge in Cook County Circuit Court’s Criminal Division. He had been involved in several high-profile cases, including ordering suspect William Balfour held without bond in the 2008 murders of three relatives of singer Jennifer Hudson. He had been a Cook County judge since 1999, and assigned to the Criminal Division since 2009.
Before joining the bench, Judge Myles had worked as an assistant state’s attorney and as a defense attorney, in private practice.
In a statement, Chief Judge Timothy Evans said that he had always known Judge Myles “to be focused and determined in the pursuit of justice, and his conduct earned him the confidence and respect of the people who appeared before him.”
The woman was transported to a local hospital and is expected to recover. Detectives are currently pursing multiple leads.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Cook County Judge Raymond Myles. The heroes of Chicago PD will bring the killer to justice.