Harvey police waiting for ballistic results to ID police shooter

2013-12-13T18:46:00Z 2013-12-13T22:59:16Z Harvey police waiting for ballistic results to ID police shooterGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 13, 2013 6:46 pm  • 

HARVEY | The Police Department was waiting Friday for ballistics test results they believe connect a Chicago robbery suspect to the shooting last month of six-year Harvey police veteran Robert Rolfe.

Earlier this week, Damarcus Brandon, 25, attempted to rob a store in Chicago but was fatally shot by the store clerk, according to a news release from the Harvey Police Department. Harvey police say they believe Brandon is the same suspect involved in the Nov. 24 shooting of Rolfe.

Ballistics tests are being done by the Chicago Police Department. Harvey police say they believe the tests will show the weapon used by Brandon was the same one that was used to shoot Rolfe.

Sean Howard, a spokesman for Harvey, said that while ballistics tests usually take a few weeks to complete, the process is being expedited in this case.

“Because it involves a police officer, they’re giving this priority,” Howard said, adding that Harvey police officials hope to have a definitive answer soon.

Rolfe, 43, was shot at a store near 159th and Wood streets. Police said at the time of the incident the suspect began shooting at Rolfe when the officer arrived at the scene. He is recovering at home.

Harvey officials previously offered a $5,000 reward for information resulting in an arrest.

This week, Mayor Eric Kellogg said he was upset that Brandon was even free, because he previously had been sent to prison for a 2007 robbery attempt in Dolton that ended when Brandon pointed a pistol at a Harvey police officer, who wounded him.

Brandon later received a 13-year prison term, but was released from the medium-security Shawnee Correctional Center earlier this summer.

“While I’m grateful that this nightmare has come to an end, I’m equally outraged concerning our gun laws that allowed this coward to walk the streets early,” Kellogg said, in a prepared statement. “I join Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in calling upon the state Legislature to work harder in strengthening the current gun laws.”

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