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Family of Chicago Man Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Off-Duty Officer Who Killed Him

An off-duty Illinois police officer is said to have shot and killed a Chicago man in February. Christopher Lloyd, a police officer in Robbins Village allegedly shot Cornel McKinney, his ex-wife’s current husband, in the victim’s front yard after the two men got into a fight. The medical examiner found that McKinney had been shot 24 times, but at the time of the incident, the Chicago Police Department stated that the victim was shot only four times. Lloyd was released quickly after the killing occurred, as police found that he had acted in self defense. With the investigation into the incident still ongoing, the victim’s wife filed a wrongful death lawsuit, partially instigated in order to get the CPD to finish its investigation. The lawsuit names both Lloyd and his employer, the Village of Robbins as defendants. The victim’s wife could end up receiving compensatory damages for her late husband’s medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost benefits (such as insurance), loss of inheritance from the untimely death, as well as for her own suffering for loss of companionship and her mental anguish. Additionally, the Village and Lloyd could be forced to pay punitive damages.

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