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17-Year-Old Robbing Salon Killed By Off-Duty Sheriff's Deputy: Officials

By  Josh McGhee and Tanveer Ali | May 17, 2017 4:13pm 

CHICAGO — A 17-year-old attempting to rob an Englewood business is dead after a person inside — a Cook County Sheriff's deputy — shot him, authorities said.

The robber was one of two people who entered the business in the first block of West 69th Street at 1:39 p.m. and tried to rob people inside, Chicago Police said. The business is a salon, media reports say.

Police said a person inside the business fired shots, killing one of the robbers. He was identified as Rashad Wells, of the 6900 block of South Harvard Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiners Office.

Police didn't say whether Wells was armed, but at least one news account said he had a gun.

While police didn't identify the shooter, the Cook County Sheriff's Office said in a separate statement that an off-duty deputy was involved in a shooting.

"Preliminary information suggests the shooting occurred during an attempted robbery," said Janet De La Torre, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

The statement said that "the deputy is safe and unharmed."