Criminal court Judge Raymond Myles was fatally shot in front of his home in Chicago on Monday morning.
Investigators suspect that Myles was the victim of a robbery gone wrong. His girlfriend, a 52-year-old woman, was also injured. According to DNA Info, she walked out of Myles’ home and was shot in the leg. The suspect and Myles exchanged words before the gunman shot Myles four times between his home and garage. The couple was reportedly on the way to a local gym when they were shot.
Myles was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. His girlfriend, who was not identified, underwent surgery and is in serious condition. The Chicago Tribune reports that she is expected to survive.
Although burglary is the suspected motive, The Chicago Tribune reported that nothing was taken from the home. As of Tuesday evening, Chicago police said they are interviewing a person of interest.
The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Myles to a vacant role in 1999 and circuit judges appointed him as an associate judge. Myles worked in the Criminal Division since 2009. He worked on several high-profile cases including William Balfour who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering three members of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson’s family.
Colleague Chief Judge Evans gave a statement about the death:
“Judge Myles joined the bench with a wealth of experience in law and extensive service to the community. I have 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.”
According to ABC News, the FBI is offering $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the suspect’s arrest.
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