Corrections officer killed in mix-up

Feb. 20, 2005 at 8:16 PM
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CALUMET CITY, Ill., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- An off-duty Cook County Corrections Department officer has been shot and killed in Calumet City, Ill., by a co-worker who mistook him for a carjacker.

Arlin McClendon, 36, was driving with a colleague early Saturday morning when they saw a Honda they thought was being driven by another co-worker, Calumet City Police Chief Patrick O'Meara said.

However, the vehicle was being driven by the co-worker's wife, and the couple's children were inside, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The co-worker was traveling in a sport-utility vehicle ahead of his family, O'Meara said.

McClendon, a 10-year corrections veteran from Calumet City, and his friend began honking and flashing their lights at the Honda. When the woman pulled over, McClendon got of his car, began yelling for the driver to get out and pulled on the car's door. The woman's husband then arrived. It looked to him as if McClendon was a carjacker. The man identified himself as a police officer and shot McClendon in the abdomen, police said.

No charges had been filed Sunday.

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