Ill. sheriff's deputy shot to death trying to stop robbery outside Christmas party at VFW hall

This undated photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Office shows investigator Cuauhtemoc Estrada. Estrada, 50, died Friday night, Dec. 20, 2013, outside a VFW hall in Bellwood, Ill., about 13 miles from downtown Chicago, while trying to break up an armed robbery outside a family Christmas party, authorities said Saturday. (AP Photo/Cook County Sheriff's Office)

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

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart tells the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/1bhGq4o ) the shooting happened Friday night at the VFW hall in Bellwood, about 13 miles from downtown Chicago.

Dart says the deputy is a former Marine who'd been with the department for more than 20 years. He released few details about the shooting except that the offender shot the officer when he tried to intervene in the robbery outside the hall.

The Sun Times reports the officer's body arrived at the Cook County medical examiner's office around midnight.

Sheriff's officials didn't immediately respond early Saturday to phone and email messages from The Associated Press.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index


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