Demarcus Brandon doesn’t have to worry about checking in with his parole officer any more. The convicted violent felon was released last July after serving less than half of a 13-year sentence for armed robbery and weapons charges. Brandon had been shot in the neck by police several years ago during his arrest, but that wasn’t enough of a disincentive. No, the siren song of the Thug Life was apparently too strong for this felonious Odysseus to resist and he was shot dead while robbing a Chicago cell phone store last week. Maybe he should have lashed himself to the mast after all . . .
Police say that Brandon pulled a handgun and tried to rob a small cell phone store on East 87th Street, but the store clerk was packing, too. They exchanged gunfire, and Brandon’s years behind bars didn’t do much for his marksmanship skills. The clerk turned out to be a good enough shot in a tight situation, and he put Brandon down with several hits. Brandon was pronounced dead at the scene.
When cleaning up the scene, police recovered Brandon’s handgun which they now believe to be the weapon used to shoot Harvey police officer Robert Rolfe on November 24th when he responded to a robbery in progress call. Police are waiting for the results of ballistics tests, but they think Brandon is (or was) their man. It’s probably no coincidence that Officer Rolfe was shot not far from the location where Brandon was captured in 2007. Rolfe is recovering at home. No charges are expected against the clerk, who hasn’t been named.