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A 14-year-old boy who was shot while trying to rob a retired Cook County Sheriff’s officer died of his injuries Wednesday.
The boy, Corey Mason, was among three men who tried to rob an unnamed retired police officer on April 28, according to CBS.
The man, 60, was walking to his vehicle when the men assaulted him, one of whom was holding a gun to his back. The other two demanded that he hand over his purse and other belongings.
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A witness who saw the incident and spoke to CBS said the retired officer shot one of the robbers in the head and the other two fled.
“We got off the bus – that’s when we left,” the woman told CBS. “We noticed that these gentlemen robbed this man because he took his purse and stuck it out of his pocket.”
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“The man turned to shoot at him and the sheriff came off a few rounds towards him and the next thing we know, the young man was lying on the ground,” the woman added.
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The victim’s wife then called police, and the retired officer stood over Mason while police arrived. Mason was then taken to the hospital, where he would die six days later.
The retired officer was desperate after the shooting, and more so when he discovered how young the boy he shot was, according to CBS.