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Retired Police Sergeant Shot During Home Invasion's Death Ruled Homicide

By  Erica Demarest and Quinn Ford | March 24, 2014 1:51pm 

 A retired Chicago Police sergeant who was  shot during a March 10 home invasion  on the Southeast Side has died, officials said.
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CHICAGO — The death of a Chicago Police sergeant who was shot during a Southeast Side home invasion on March 10 has been ruled a homicide, authorities said.

About 11:45 p.m. on March 10, police responded to calls of a robbery at the East Side home of 73-year-old Elmer Brown.

Two men had forced their way into the house — located at the corner of East 115th Street and South Avenue G — and announced a robbery before shooting the retired sergeant in his neck, police said.

Brown was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he underwent emergency surgery and was listed in critical condition.

On Monday, nearly two weeks after the shooting, Brown was pronounced dead at the hospital at 3:22 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

An autopsy Tuesday ruled Brown's death a homicide. He died from a gunshot wound, artery disease and renal failure, according to the morgue.

After the shooting, neighbors said the Browns were a very friendly family who frequently barbecued in the warm weather. A next-door neighbor who declined to give her name said both Brown and his wife had health problems and had a regular caregiver.

"I don't know what to think," the woman said after she heard news of the shooting. "It's a very quiet neighborhood."