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Suspected kidnapper killed by police in Belmont Central identified

Luis Vasquez, 42, was suspected of kidnapping two people found by an off-duty police officer running down the street in handcuffs.

Crime scene tape could be seen outside a building after a Chicago police officer shot an alleged suspect inside an apartment in the 6200 block of West Grand Avenue, Monday morning, July 8, 2019. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times
Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

A man killed by Chicago police Monday in Belmont Central has been identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Luis Vasquez, 42, was shot by police in a North Side apartment after two people told an off-duty Chicago police officer they were kidnapped, police and the medical examiner’s office said. Vasquez was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he later died.

An autopsy Tuesday found he died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide.

Vasquez, the alleged kidnapper, has a lengthy criminal arrest record, including convictions for disarming a police officer, attempted murder and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, according to Cook County court records.

No officers were injured in the confrontation.