Earlier story 7:30 p.m. May 20, 2010
One suspect wanted in the murder of an off-duty Chicago police officer has turned himself in but police continue to search for another suspect.
Police Supt. Jody Weis made that announcement in an official statement just released on the death of Officer Thomas Wortham IV.
In all, there were four men involved in the shooting death of Wortham. Besides the two who fled the scene, one man was killed during the robbery attempt and another was critically injured.
Wortham was leaving his parents home in the 8400 block of South King Drive at 11:30 last night when the four men approached him as he got ready to leave on his new motorcycle.
As they attempted to rob him, Wortham was able to pull his weapon and fire but he was shot. His father heard the gunfire and grabbed his own weapon and also fired at the suspects. Two suspects got away, but 20-year-old Brian Floyd was hit and died at the scene. Another suspect was critically injured and remains hospitalized at Christ hospital, the same hospital where Wortham was pronounced dead a half hour after the shooting.
Police say tonight they are still investigating whether the suspects were hit by Wortham's gun or his father's. Earlier reports indicated the father shot both men.
"Officer Wortham joined the Chicago Police Department in June 2007 and served with distinction in the Englewood District, "Weis said in his statement. "Officer Wortham was not only a hero to his community and our city; he also served with distinction as a First Lieutenant in the Army National Guard. He most recently completed a tour in Iraq on March 30, 2010."
Weis expressed the condolences of the entire department to the Wortham family and said, "Officer Wortham was a true guardian to those he served and an inspiration to his friends and colleagues."
Wortham was 30-years-old and a 3-year veteran of the department. He was assigned to the 7th Police District in Englewood. He was single with no children,
The Tribune recently interview Wortham in an article about a spike in violence near Cole Park, which borders the Wortham family home.
Wortham was president of the Cole Park Advisory Council. In response to two recent shootings at the park he told the Tribune, "When people think of the South Side of Chicago, they think violence. In Chatham, that's not what we see. It's happened, and we're going to fix it, so it doesn't happen again."
Funeral arrangements for Officer Wortham have not been set.