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Police Officer Slain in Shootout That Also Kills Suspect

March 19, 2002
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Police Officer Slain in Shootout That Also Kills Suspect

by Associated Press

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 side.

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 said.

He said Wolk was fatally wounded by police officers who returned fire.

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, authorities said.

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 said.

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 said.

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 apartment building.

Marquez is the third Chicago police officer to die in the line of duty in the past year, police officials said.

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