A man trying to rob a South Side cell phone store Tuesday died after an exchange of gunfire with the store clerk as another man inside broke his ankle trying to escape the shootout.
Police say 25-year-old Demarcus Brandon tried to rob the store, in the 1700 block of East 87th Street, but was shot dead by the clerk about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Brandon was pronounced dead at the scene. Police found a handgun they believed to be his.
Police said there was an exchange of gunfire between Brandon and the clerk, though it’s not clear who shot first.
Brandon was paroled from the Shawnee Correctional Center this summer, where he had been serving concurrent 3-year and 13-year sentences.
The 13-year sentence stemmed from an incident in Chicago in which Brandon was charged with armed robbery with a firearm, armed violence, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, gun possession, aggravated fleeing from police, and having either a rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches or shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches.
That case, and the one that ended with a 3-year sentence, both ended in plea deals. He was credited for about 20 months time served and admitted to IDOC custody in September 2008.
His projected parole discharge date was in July of 2016.