Police: 86-year-old man dead, two women shot on South Side

Police: 86-year-old man dead, two women shot on South Side

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(Photos by FOX 32's Craig Wall) (Photos by FOX 32's Craig Wall)
Joseph Huff Jr. Joseph Huff Jr.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A long-standing dispute between an elderly couple and a Chicago Police officer and his wife escalated into gunfire Friday afternoon in the 8500 block of South Carpenter Street on Chicago's south side.

When it was over, a man identified by relatives as 86-year-old Joseph Huff Jr. was dead, his wife, 92-year-old Hazel Jones had been shot in the arm and a police officer's wife had also been shot, in the chest and arm.

Andrew Pride, Jones' nephew, said he feared the long-standing dispute between the two families would end just this way.

"I begged my aunt to come from over there, every time I go there I say look, leave this place, sell this house, you're too old to be arguing with these people like this," Pride said.

A spokesman for The Fraternal Order of Police said Friday's dispute started with an argument between Jones and the officer's wife.

The officer went to the backyard to investigate and observed the elderly offender's wife throwing dirt and rocks at the officer's wife and striking her with a broom.

"The elderly offender's wife keeps telling him go in the house and get that thing, go in the house and get that thing. One thing leads to another, the next thing we know the elderly gentleman comes out of the house with a shotgun, fires it, hits the police officer's wife in the arm," said Pat Camden, the spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police.

Camden says the officer then shot and killed Huff, and when Jones went for the shotgun, he shot her in the arm.

Huff's granddaughter says neighbors told her it played out differently.

"They heard my grandfather screaming from the back, telling them get them off of me, they were jumping on him. And I guess that's when he proceeded to go get his firearm," said Ebony Huff, Joseph Huff's granddaughter.

Huff married Jones after her husband passed away more than a dozen years ago. Relatives said that's about when the disputes with the officer and his wife began. Over what they described as dumb little things instigated by the officer or his wife.

"Don't put the water on my grass, don't do this, don't throw paper, all this kind of stuff, it's escalated," said Dennis Johnson, Jones' nephew who grew in the house and consider his aunt like a mother. he said the officer went even further one hot summer day.

"I know they handcuffed Joe Huff out here one day to the fence out here in the heat," Johnson said.

Relatives say they believe the unidentified officer should have called 9-1-1 after the argument.

"His profession as a police officer, I think he took justice in his own hands," said Jone's nephew Rev. Tyrone Handy.

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