A Cook County correctional officer is being held without bail in Lake County, Ind., after being charged with fatally shooting a fellow motorist who swore at him and threw a cup at his vehicle, officials said.
Edgar Singleton Jr., 61, remains in the Lake County, Ind., Jail in Crown Point, according to Lake County officials. Singleton had worked for the Cook County Sheriff's Department since 1991 and had been assigned to a medium security division at the Cook County Jail, according to a sheriff's spokeswoman.
After being charged with the murder of Montrell Moss, 23, Singleton was de-deputized and Cook County officials are in the process of terminating his employment, according to Cook County sheriff's spokesman Ben Breit.
Moss was fatally shot about 8 p.m. Thursday outside the Horsehoe Casino in Hammond, according to court documents and Moss's family.
Moss was driving a blue Buick LeSabre with his girlfriend on Indianapolis Boulevard near 129th Street when they saw a gold-colored minivan with Illinois license plates changing lanes, the girlfriend told police.
According to court documents, the woman told police the minivan had cut them off twice and then had moved into the turn lane for the Horsehoe Casino, where it stopped at a red light.
While the van was stopped at the light, Moss drove by the van and, "he called the driver 'Bitch' and threw a Burger King cup at the van," the woman said. She then told police that they stopped at the stoplight, according to documents.
The driver of the minivan then took out a gun, pointed it at their car and fired a shot, the woman told police. Moss was hit in the neck area. There was "blood everywhere," the woman said.
After the shooting, Moss fell back in his seat and the vehicle started to move. While the woman tried to stop the vehicle, it continued on and crashed into several gas pumps, according to documents.
As she spoke to police, she pointed out the minivan to officers who then activated police lights on their vehicle, causing the van to make a u-turn and accelerate away from police, according to documents. The driver of the minivan then began to go around cars stopped at a traffic signal before pulling into a parking lot at a gas station.
After pulling over Singleton, police noticed that he had a gun holster on his hip with a gun, officials said. While taking Singleton from the van police heard Singleton say, "He was reaching for a gun, I shot," according to court records.
Police did not find a gun in Moss' vehicle and his girlfriend denied that they were acting as though they had a gun, officials said.
Police also found a dented Burger King cup with liquid in the minivan.Copyright © 2015, RedEye