Retired cop dies two weeks after home invasion shooting

Retired Chicago Police sergeant Elmer Brown died Monday, about two weeks after he was shot during a home invasion in the East Side neighborhood on the Southeast Side.

Brown was pronounced dead at 3:22 a.m. Monday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

On March 10, at about 11:45 p.m., the 73-year-old Brown was shot when two suspects forced their way into his home near 115th and Avenue G, and announced a robbery, police said.

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

Holding back tears, she said her husband — a policeman for 38 years who was legally blind and suffered from diabetes — had been unable to communicate in any way since the attack at the couple’s home.

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

Mary Ann Brown told the Sun-Times two men with hooded sweatshirts drawn tight around their faces burst into the couple’s home, and one of the men shot Elmer Brown after the two inquired about a safe in the home.

An autopsy Tuesday found Brown died of complications from a gunshot wound to the face, and listed coronary artery disease and renal failure as secondary causes, the medical examiner’s office said. His death was ruled a homicide.

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

No one is in custody as Area South detectives investigate.

—Sun-Times Media Wire

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