One questioned in attempted robbery of off-duty police officer

One questioned in attempted robbery of off-duty police officer

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Deonta Mackey, 16. (Photo courtesy of victim's family) Deonta Mackey, 16. (Photo courtesy of victim's family)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Police are questioning a person of interest in connection with the attempted robbery of an off-duty Cook County Sheriff's sergeant who shot and killed one of three people who tried to rob him Monday night on the Far South Side.

Police are questioning the person of interest Wednesday evening, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said.

Chicago police are looking for two suspects involved in a robbery on the South Side that ended with one teen killed.

Three armed men tried to hold up a man at a gas station, when that man, who was an off-duty Cook County deputy, pulled out his gun and killed one of the suspects.

This time, instead of being just another gun violence story, it has ignited the conversation on concealed and carry.

"I'm at this gas station almost every day and it's kind of disgusting to see what's going on out here, all this violence and stuff and it's a school right across the street," Matthew Lopez, a customer of the gas station, said.

Violence such as that the occurred Monday night at 10 p.m. However, tables were turned on the suspected robbers.

While this man, who sources said is a 20-year-veteran of the Cook County Sheriff's Department assigned to the courthouse at 26th and California, was pumping gas at 103rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, when three armed suspects ran up and demanded money.

The 47-year-old sergeant pulled out his wallet. Then, seconds later pulled out a gun and killed the 16-year old teenager who had a gun pointed at him.

"The ones who have the guns already are the ones already using the guns, so they're definitely going to be the ones to shoot first. Especially when they see their life is in trouble,' Lopez said.

The suspect, Deonta Mackey was a sophomore at Corliss High School.

His mother said he was in and out of trouble.

The teen lived a couple of blocks from the gas station.

The victim's mother didn't know where her son was last night around the time of the shooting and started making calls asking about his whereabouts.

A family friend of the dead teen told me what happened is another neighborhood tragedy.

The crime took 25 seconds. Two suspects are still on the loose.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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