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Would-be robber shot and killed by shopkeeper

Updated: December 11, 2013 7:00AM

A man trying to rob a South Side cell phone store was shot and killed by the store’s owner Tuesday evening.

Armed with a handgun, 25-year-old Demarcus Brandon tried to rob a cell phone store about 6:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of East 87th Street, authorities said. The store’s owner, armed with a handgun himself, shot and killed the would-be robber, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Brandon, of the of 120 block of East 140th Court in Riverdale, was pronounced dead at the scene, the medical examiner’s office said.

The store owner was not injured, police said.

Brandon was paroled in July from the Shawnee Correctional Center, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records. He was serving two concurrent sentences of three years and 13 years.

For the 13-year sentence, Brandon was charged with one count of armed robbery with a firearm, a Class X felony, IDOC records show. He was also charged with armed violence, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon on a person and aggravated fleeing from police, Cook County Court records show. He was also serving three years for one count of having either a rifle with a barrel shorter than 16 inches or shotgun with a barrel shorter than 18 inches, a Class 3 felony, IDOC records show.

His projected discharge date was set for July 2016, according to the IDOC.

No charges have been filed in connection to the shooting and nobody was in custody Wednesday morning as Area South detectives investigate, police said.

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