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Retired cop dies two weeks after being shot in home invasion

Updated: March 24, 2014 3:23PM

A retired Chicago police sergeant who was shot in the neck during a home invasion robbery earlier this month has died, his wife said Monday.

“He was a wonderful father and husband,” said Mary Ann Brown of her husband, Elmer Brown. He was 73.

Mr. Brown — a policeman for 38 years who was legally blind and suffered from diabetes — died early Monday at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Mary Ann Brown said.

“He was completely out of it,” Brown said. “He was heavily sedated because of where his wounds were.”

Holding back tears, Mary Ann Brown said her husband had been unable to communicate in any way since the attack, which occurred March 10 about 11:45 p.m. at the couple’s home on 115th Street, fewer than five blocks from the Indiana state line.

Two men with hooded sweatshirts drawn tight around their faces burst inside the couple’s home, and one of the men shot Elmer Brown in the neck after the two inquired about a safe in the home.

After 10 minutes of the men ransacking the home, they ran out the house, seemingly empty-handed, she said.

No one was in custody Monday.

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