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Neighbor charged in Northwest Side man’s beating death

Updated: September 16, 2011 6:56PM

A Northwest Side man is accused of beating his neighbor to death, injuring himself and then assaulting a police officer and a nurse following his arrest.

Daniel Tyler, 34, is charged with murdering Michael Justo, his neighbor in the 5300 block of North Northwest Highway. Justo was found dead at his home Tuesday night nearly 12 hours after police had been there to investigate a burglary, officials said.

Justo, 56, told his wife he suspected the burglar was a neighbor, a source said.

An autopsy Thursday determined Justo died of multiple injuries from an assault, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide

After police arrested Tyler, officers took him to Illinois Masonic Medical Center to be treated for self-inflicted injuries, authorities said.

While at the hospital, Tyler hit a female nurse with a glass shelf, leaving a wound that required 38 stitches, police said. Tyler allegedly punched one of the arresting officers in the face and tried to disarm him.

Tyler was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery to a police officer, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and attempting to disarm a police officer, police said.

Judge Donald Panarese ordered Tyler held without bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again Monday for violating probation on a drug charge, said Andy Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

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