CHICAGO (AP) - A police officer and a 77-year-old man were
killed in a shootout that erupted when police attempted to arrest
the man at an apartment building he owned on the city's northwest
Police said officer Donald Marquez, 47, was shot to death late
Monday by Henry Wolk, who police were attempting to arrest to
ensure he appeared in housing court Tuesday for a hearing on
numerous building code violations, police spokesman David Bayless
He said Wolk was fatally wounded by police officers who
After 10 minutes of unsuccessfully trying to get Wolk to
respond to their knocks on the door Monday, the officers were
given permission to forcibly enter Wolk's apartment. After Marquez
used a hammer to break a window in the door to the apartment, Wolk
opened fire, striking the officer once in the head and three times
in the chest, Bayless said.
Marquez, a 20-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department,
was in plain clothes and not wearing body armor at the time,
Continued gunfire from Wolk prevented officers from immediately
pulling Marquez from the vestibule of the apartment. He was
rescued several minutes after being shot, when another officer was
able to enter the apartment building and shoot Wolk, Bayless
No other officers were injured in the shooting.
Marquez was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he
died early Tuesday. Wolk was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital, where he
was pronounced dead Monday night.
Marquez and his partner, who were assigned to Chicago's
corporation counsel office, had gone to the building several times
in recent months to serve warrants on Wolk to appear in housing
court, Bayless said.
Wolk missed eight court dates scheduled previous to Tuesday's
scheduled hearing, which he was ordered to attend to show cause
why he shouldn't be held for contempt of court, officials
Law department spokeswoman Jennifer Hoyle said that last July
the city filed a complaint against Wolk for 29 building code
violations, including an unsound porch and roof, at his two-flat
Marquez is the third Chicago police officer to die in the line
of duty in the past year, police officials said.