December death of Melvin Sims of Austin from injuries suffered in shooting 14 years ago ruled homicide

The December death of Melvin Sims, a West Side man who was wounded in a shooting 14 years ago, has been ruled a homicide.

Sims, 55, died at 2:20 a.m. Dec. 27, 2016 at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A resident of the West Side Austin neighborhood, Sims was shot 18 years ago, according to the medical examiner’s office. Chicago Police did not have information on the exact date and address of the shooting, but a family member said it happened 14 years ago in front of a home near Chicago Avenue and Springfield Avenue.

An autopsy found he died of complications from that past gunshot wound, and his death was ruled a homicide.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

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