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Chicago Police Captain Found Dead In Squad Car

By Kelly Bauer | August 13, 2017 11:24am | Updated on August 14, 2017 5:34am

CHICAGO — A Chicago Police captain was found dead while working on the Far South Side early Sunday, police said.

At 12:10 a.m., the captain was found unconscious in his squad car on the Bishop Ford Freeway near the Stony Island ramp, police said. He was taken to Trinity Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The man was identified as Capt. James Lavoy, 50, of the 10200 block of South Harding, in Cook County Medical Examiner's Office records. He was pronounced dead at 1:06 a.m.

"Good man. He epitomized what being a police officer is all about," Johnson said. "He knew his job. He took the time to mentor people. ...It's tough. It's tough."

There were no signs of trauma, police said, and he may have died of a heart attack.

Lavoy's colleagues joined Supt. Eddie Johnson at a news conference Sunday in respect for their friend. A few could be seen wiping away tears as Johnson praised the highly decorated officer.

"Jimmy you are and forever will be part of the Chicago police family," Johnson said.