P.O. Michael Flisk Chicago Police Department Chicago, Il EOW November 26, 2010

Photograph: Police Officer Michael Flisk

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Police Officer Michael Flisk
Chicago Police Department
Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, November 26, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 46
Tour of Duty: 19 years, 10 months
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Friday, November 26, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: At large

Officer Michael Flisk was shot and killed while processing the scene of a vehicle burglary inside an alley garage at 1:30 pm in the 8100 block of South Burnham Avenue.

Officer Flisk was shot in the head and died an hour later at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The homeowner, a former Chicago Housing Authority and Robbins police officer was also shot and later died at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

The suspect responsible for the shootings remains at large.

Officer Flisk had served with the Chicago Police Department for nearly 20 years and was assigned to the Evidence Technician Team – South Unit. He is survived by his wife, daughter and three sons. All three of his sons serve on the Chicago Police Department.

Agency Contact Information
Chicago Police Department
3510 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653

Phone: (312) 746-6000

Please contact the Chicago Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

 

Cop, ex-CHA officer killed in South Chicago

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The scene this afternoon in the South Chicago neighborhood, where a Chicago police officer was shot. (Terrence Antonio James/ Tribune photo) | MORE PHOTOS

michael_flisk_300.jpgA Chicago police evidence technician and a former CHA officer were shot and killed this afternoon while the police officer was investigating a garage burglary in the South Chicago neighborhood on the South Side.
Michael Flisk, 46, was a 20-year veteran of the department and had a wife and four children, according to Supt. Jody Weis. Three of his siblings are also on the force.
“It’s surreal. Even when I was told, it didn’t resonate,” said Flisk’s sister-in-law, Gina Flisk.
The former CHA officer was identified by family members as Stephen Peters, 44, who was married with three sons.
“He was a good guy, hard-working. He loved his family,” said his sister Pamela Reed.

Reed said her brother called police today after someone broke into the garage of his mother’s home near East 81st Street and South Burnham Avenue.
He went back to the garage and police came five minutes later, around 1:30 p.m., according to Reed and police. Gunshots rang out soon afterwards.
Flisk was shot in the head. He was in uniform and armed, and his marked squad car was parked in the area. There apparently were no witnesses.
Police sealed off streets in the neighborhood in the hours after the shooting and advised neighbors to stay in their homes. Streets were closed off around the crime scene. “We will squeeze that neighborhood and we will find the people who did this,” Weis said.
Flisk is the second Chicago police officer shot and killed this week. Off-duty Officer David Blake was shot and killed Monday night in his sport utility vehicle in the 2900 block of West Seipp Street. Four other officers have been killed this year, three of them by gunfire.
Johnny Walker, a neighbor near the shooting scene, said his daughter heard at least one gunshot and he saw police swarm the crime scene.
He said the area around 81st and Burnham has een plagued by crime over the last four or five years. Walker said someone tried to steal his truck from of his garage recently.
He said there’s been a lot of burglaries around his home for the last several months. “It’s bad. It’s dangerous. Breaking into houses, that’s all they want to do,” said Walker, 67, “Everyday, somebody’s breaking in.”
Walker said shootings are also common. “In the summer,” he said, “you couldn’t sit out front.”
Flisk was assigned to the south unit of the evidence technician team for the last 3 ½ years. He began his career in the Deering District, and also worked in the South Chicago District and Mass Transit Unit.
Gina Flisk said her husband couldn’t even turn on the radio when he heard what happened. He kept saying, “This must be a mistake,” she said. He had heard the news from another brother.
Flisk had two brothers and two sisters.
Gina Flisk’s children looked up to their Uncle Mike. When she told her daughter, she said, “I’m like a turtle and Uncle Mike was my shell, and now that he’s gone, a part of me is missing.”
On the officer’s block in the Beverly neighborhood on the Southwest Side, neighbors came to his home to pay their condolences.
“He was one of the nicest guys you would ever meet,” said Virginia Espinola, who lives a couple of doors down from the officer. “He was very calm, laid-back and quiet.”
Espinola said that when she heard from another neighbor that the officer had been shot, it took her breath away.
“I just didn’t believe it at first,” she said. “He was one of the last guys you could have imagined this happening to.”
The officer was very involved in the community, she said, organizing block parties with his wife and fixing cars for his neighbors. Espinola’s son Matthew said he plays baseball with a teenage son of the officer and described the officer as “an involved father.”
“He was at every game,” Matthew Espinola said.
Another neighbor, Tricia Fitzgerald, was walking on the sidewalk near the officer’s home, crying. She said the officer’s wife bought him a Harley-Davidson motorcycle last Christmas.
Gina Flisk said his sons walked his Harley down the street on Christmas day for him last year.
Asked how she would remember him, she said, “You picture him on his motorcycle on a warm day.”
She said he and his wife were very supportive of each other. “They’re the couple, in my opinion, that you wanted to be like” Gina Flisk said. “They’re the family that you wanted to be like. They were a good balance.”
The other victim, Peters, had recently been working at AT&T after serving as a CHA police officer. He was in the U.S. Army Reserves and attended Chicago Vocational Academy High School.
Reed said her brother loved cars and even owned a GT Mustang.
Flisk was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The ex-CHA officer was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

 

A Chicago Police evidence technician was shot in the head and killed Friday afternoon while investigating a car break-in at a garage in the South Chicago neighborhood, and the car’s owner, a former Chicago Housing Authority officer, was slain too.

Chicago Police officer Michael Flisk, 46, was processing the crime scene of the burglary about 1:30 p.m. in the 8100 block of South Burnham, when he and the 46-year-old car owner were shot to death, leaving the families of both men reeling.

The slaying marks the second time a Chicago Police officer was killed in less than a week.

“It’s surreal. Even when I was told, it didn’t resonate,” said Flisk’s sister-in-law, Gina Flisk. “He’s the one who kind of smoothed everything over with everybody. He wasn’t the oldest, but he was the one who kind of made everybody happy.”

A relative of the slain car owner said: “He was a wonderful guy. I don’t understand why someone would do this to him. Everyone adores him.”

Flisk was a 20-year veteran of the force, married and a father of four. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he died about an hour after he was shot. Flisk comes from a police family with three siblings who are also officers. The former CHA officer was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he later died.

More than 60 police cars, their lights flashing, headed in a solemn procession to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office late Friday afternoon to accompany the vehicle bearing Flisk’s remains.

Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis said the murders showed how some people have no respect for human life.

“We will squeeze that neighborhood, and we will find out who did this,”  Weis said at a news conference Friday afternoon.

Police have limited information about the offender or the motive, Weis said.

On Friday afternoon, police armed with assault weapons went door to door in search of a suspect.

Later in the day, evidence technicians were working under bright lights processing the murder scene in the alley. The area was cordoned off two blocks in every direction. Officers were stopping cars and asking drivers what they were doing in the area.

In the Beverly neighborhood where Flisk lived, the officer’s family gathered outside his home and embraced one another.

One neighbor, Tricia Fitzgerald, was in tears as she clutched her young son. Her husband also is a Chicago Police officer.

“They are the nicest people you would ever meet, just really wonderful people,” Fitzgerald said. “He was laid back and good-natured, always available if you needed anything.”

Flisk and his wife, Nora, doted on one another, with his wife buying him a Harley-Davidson motorcycle last Christmas.

Flisk’s sons had parked the motorcycle at a neighbor’s house, and on Christmas Day they pushed it in front of their home and woke him up to his delight.

Flisk loved to ride his motorcycle.

Another neighbor said the officer was “always tinkering with cars” and teaching one of his sons how to work on them.

The former CHA officer, who had worked as a police officer in Robbins, was a car buff, too.

He was storing a red Ford Mustang Cobra in his mother’s garage. On Friday, he noticed a burglar broke into the garage and stole the seats and speakers from the car, the relative said.

The former officer, who most recently worked for AT&T, enjoyed racing cars and fixing up old ones, the relative said. He was a member of a local Cobra owners’ club and won several major awards at car shows.

South Chicago neighborhood resident Avis Walker, 44, said she was sleeping upstairs in her home when she heard two shots.

“I sat up and heard two or three more shots behind it,” Walker said.

About five minutes later, ambulances and police officers arrived at the scene, she said.

Her mother, Frieda Walker, said there have been several break-ins in the neighborhood recently, including a man who tried to steal a car from her garage. The man ran away when her husband saw him, she said.

“There have been a lot of shootings, too, but not on this block,” Frieda Walker said.

She said her neighbors have a block club and regularly communicate about crime in the area.

The slayings follow the fatal shooting on Monday night of off-duty Chicago Police Officer David Blake, a SWAT team member. No one has been charged in Blake’s slaying.

Flisk is the fifth Chicago Police officer to be killed this year from gunfire.

 

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1 Response to “P.O. Michael Flisk Chicago Police Department Chicago, Il EOW November 26, 2010”


  1. 1 King November 28, 2010 at 11:28

    These lame duck politicians keep tying our hands & allowing the criminals to do as they please. So until we stop letting politicians control law enforcement we’ll continue to see these types of incidents because the criminals all know our hands are tied.


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