CPD identifies slain police officer

November 26, 2010 (CHICAGO)

Officials say Police Officer Michael Flisk, 46, was an evidence technician who was processing a burglary scene when he was shot to death around 1:30 p.m. He was pronounced dead at 2:30 p.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Details about the shooting have not been released.

The ambulance transporting Officer Flisk's body was escorted by more than two dozen police vehicles from the hospital to the morgue. Police shut down several roads for the procession around 5 p.m.

"Just shows how some people have absolutely no respect for human life. We have an evidence technician processing the scene of a burglary and he's killed," said Supt. Jody Weis, Chicago Police Department. "That should not happen."

Weis declined to identify the second victim, a retired CHA officer, who was pronounced dead at Christ Hospital.

Police continue to search for the gunman. Investigators, armed with automatic weapons and using canine units, combed the neighborhood Friday night searching for evidence.

"The thought that someone can shoot and kill a police officer is simply unacceptable and we will find those responsible. We will squeeze that neighborhood and find who did this," said Supt. Weis.

Police Supt. Jody Weis said Flisk was a 19-year veteran on the Chicago Police Department and has three siblings on the force. He leaves behind a wife and four children.

Neighbors remember Flisk as a family man with a passion for cars and motorcycles.

"I'm just devastated. Such a kind man and a good ... kind of a strong, silent type of a man," said Dawn Joslyn, neighbor. "An honest, hard working man, that cared about his family, I think, foremost and his community and this city."

The Chicago Police Department said, a statement, "Officer Flisk was a dedicated law enforcement professional, and demonstrated a commitment to serving and protecting this city throughout his nearly 20 year career... Officer Flisk received 67 awards."

Weis, who spoke outside Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said he was "deeply saddened" to be announcing another officer's death. Flisk is the sixth police officer killed this year:

  • February 22, 2010: Sgt. Alan Haymaker was killed in a vehicle accident while responding to a burglary call.
  • May 19, 2010: Officer Thomas Wortham IV was shot to death during a robbery attempt in Chatham.
  • July 7, 2010: Officer Thor Soderberg was shot to death with his own weapon.
  • July 18, 2010: Officer Michael Bailey was shot outside his home.
  • November 22, 2010 : Officer David Blake was shot to death while off-duty inside his car.
  • The Police Memorial Foundation is offering a $10,000 award for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

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