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Updated: February 3, 2014 11:45PM

An off-duty Chicago Police officer shot a 56-year-old man who was attempting to rob a Walgreens store Monday morning in the Jefferson Park neighborhood.

About 10:30 a.m., the armed suspect entered the Walgreens at 5230 N. Milwaukee Ave. and announced a robbery, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

An off-duty police officer who was in the store confronted the man and they struggled, the statement said. During the struggle, the officer shot the man.

The officer saw a “frantic” cashier stuffing money into a bag, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said. The officer’s wife and kids were waiting in a car in the parking lot.

The suspect was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge in serious-to-critical condition, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Juan Hernandez said. He was pronounced dead at 1:06 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The man’s weapon was recovered at the scene, police said.

Camden said police think the man may have been responsible for several similar armed robberies in the area recently.

The Independent Police Review Authority was investigating the shooting.

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