A Chicago police officer has been arrested for shooting the mother of his child in the head after she confronted him over another pregnant woman.
Officer Pierre Tyler, 29, has reportedly been denied bail after allegedly shooting Andris B. Wofford, 29, the mother of his child, dead after she discovered that he had an ongoing child support case with another woman.
Assistant State’s Attorney Craig Engebretson said that the victim, who shared an unnamed nine-month-old son with the suspect, believed that Tyler, who was allegedly caught on CCTV footage entering the victim’s home on Wednesday 8th December, had married the other woman, who has not been named.
Engebretson said that neighbours heard arguing at around 7 PM before a “loud muffled bang” was heard between 8:30 PM and 9 PM.
Engebretson added that the police officer then left the home at 9:02 PM, according to the CCTV footage, carrying what appears to be a firearm in a holster.
The state’s attorney said that the victim’s body was found inside the home, near the front door and that there had been no sign of forced entry.
Tyler allegedly told the investigators that he was not at home at the time of the shooting and that he had gone to meet a confidential informant alone and in his own car.
But his colleagues reportedly said that they do not meet informants alone or in their own cars, still according to Engebretson.
Tyler’s lawyer, who has been named as Tim Grace, said that the case was circumstantial and drew attention at the bail hearing to the fact that his client is a US Army veteran.
A spokesperson for the Chicago police Department said that Tyler has been relieved of his police responsibilities. The next court date is set for today (Monday 13th December).