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Lawsuit filed in case of off-duty officer shooting

Monday, April 10, 2006

The families of two men who were killed on the Northwest Side last week are suing the off-duty police officer who shot them.

On Friday, Kenny Elrod and Demitri Cantera were in a vehicle at Belmont and Kilpatrick. They were sitting at a light next to an off-duty police officer in a hummer. Investigators say both men pointed guns at the officer. the officer then opened fire, killing them. Police say his life was in danger.

The victims' families don't agree.

"The City of Chicago was so quick to determine this is a justified shooting, but there are a lot of things that do not smell right in this case," said Greg Kulis, families' attorney.

Investigators are looking into whether an alleged confrontation between the three men at a bar earlier that evening triggered the shooting.

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