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Sunday, July 22, 2012

NEWS: (Westchester) Officials: Off-duty state trooper attempts suicide after woman shot to death

 --Another senseless tragedy.--

Story at Chicago Tribune

Staff report
12:53 PM CDT, July 22, 2012

Westchester police park near a house on the 10900 block of Nelson Street Sunday morning, where an off-duty Illinois State Police officer allegedly shot a woman to death, then attempted to kill himself. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune / July 22, 2012)
An off-duty Illinois State Police trooper is suspected of shooting a woman to death, then turning the gun on himself in a domestic attack in Westchester early this morning, authorities said.

The woman, who police identified as Tracy Mays, 29, was fatally shot at a home in the 10900 block of Nelson Street in the west suburb and was declared dead a little after 1 a.m. at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

The medical examiner's office found following an autopsy that the victim died from multiple gunshot wounds in a homicide. Police did not release information on her hometown.

After shooting Mays,thea man, 31, tried to kill himself, police said. The man and woman had been attending a graduation party at the home, Westchester police said in a news release. Police were called to the home at 12:23 a.m., according to the release.

The man, described by police as a suspect, was in critical condition at Loyola with at least one self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

The man involved in the apparently domestic-related shooting was an off-duty Illinois state trooper, state police spokeswoman Monique Bond said in an email. The trooper, hired in 2004, has been relieved of his police powers and is in the custody of Westchester police, she said.

The trooper is not believed to have used his service weapon in the shooting, authorities said.