A Cook County judge was killed and a woman wounded in a shooting in the West Chesterfield neighborhood Monday morning, police said.
Associate Judge Raymond Myles, 66, and a 52-year-old woman were found shot outside the home in the 9400-block of Forest Avenue at about 4:51 a.m., police said.
Police said the woman was a close associate of the judge. She went outside on her way to work when she was confronted by someone. After exchanging words, the woman was shot in the leg.
The judge came outside after hearing the commotion, got into a heated argument with the gunman and was shot multiple times.
Myles was transported to Christ Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The woman was transported to Christ Hospital and is expected to be ok.
Neighbor Allison Rogers says she heard the gunshots.
“About 5:30 this morning, me and my husband were getting up for the day and we heard two loud gunshots. We immediately ran out it in the front and we see police coming,” she said.
Police said that they are making progress in their investigation and are reviewing surveillance video, but no one is in custody. Police said robbery is a potential motive, but don’t know if anything was taken.
The FBI is offering a $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of the gunman.
Family members showed up to the scene overcome by grief hearing the news from police.
“You don’t hear this everyday like some neighborhoods. Every day you hear shootings, shootings, shootings, but not in this particular area,” said neighbor John Means.
Myles, who was a judge in the county’s criminal division, has presided over some high profile cases.
He was the judge who ordered William Balfour to be held without bond. Balfour was eventually sentenced to life in prison for murdering three members of actress and singer Jennifer Hudson’s family.
Two suspects in the Brown’s Chicken Massacre in Palatine appeared before Myles shortly after they were arrested in 2002.
And just two years ago the judge was attacked after getting into a fender bender on the South Side. The other driver punched the judge in the face breaking his nose.
Myles’ attacker, 22 year old Deandre Hudson, was arrested 10 months later and is still awaiting trial.
Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County Timothy Evans released a statement saying, “I join all of the judges today in the Circuit Court of Cook County in expressing our sadness regarding the tragic passing of our colleague and friend, Associate Judge Raymond Myles. I offer my deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues in the Criminal Division.”
“Judge Myles joined the court in October 1999 when the Illinois Supreme Court appointed him to fill a vacancy that he held for just over a year. The circuit judges appointed him as an associate judge in June 2001, and he has served in the Criminal Division since March 2009.”
“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.”
“All of our colleagues at the Leighton Criminal Court Building will miss Judge Myles, who they came to know for his kindness and his impartial administration of justice.”