Illinois deputy fatally shot outside holiday party


Associated Press

BELLWOOD, Ill. - An off-duty sheriff's deputy has been shot to death while trying to break up an armed robbery outside a family Christmas party in suburban Chicago.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office tells The Associated Press that 50-year-old Cuauhtemoc Estrada was a former Marine who had been with the department for more than 20 years.  He was shot last night at a VFW hall in Bellwood, about 13 miles from downtown Chicago.