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Off-duty Chicago cop kills son during domestic incident in Garfield Ridge: source

Rafael Flores, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

A 23-year-old man was fatally shot Dec. 9, 2020, in a domestic-related incident involving an off-duty Chicago police officer in the 5600 block of South Nottingham Avenue.
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An off-duty Chicago police officer fatally shot his son during a domestic incident early Wednesday in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood on the Southwest Side, according to a source with knowledge of the shooting.

Rafael Flores, 23, was shot about 1:50 a.m. in a home in the 5600 block of South Nottingham, according to Chicago police.

Police said he was fatally shot “by the homeowner during a physical altercation,” and was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives were investigating the shooting as “domestic related.”

County property records show that the home is owned by a 19-year member of the Chicago Police Department, and a source with knowledge of the shooting said Flores was the officer’s son.

An autopsy found Flores died of multiple gunshot wounds, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. His death was ruled a homicide.

John Catanzara, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, the union that represents rank-and-file Chicago police officers, visited the home Wednesday morning, but he declined to comment on what happened.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating the shooting, according to a COPA spokesman.