Charges made in Officer Slaying

A Chicago teen was charged last Wednesday in the shooting death of Officer David Blake, who was found shot to death in his SUV in November 2010.

Bernard Williams, 18, of the 2100 Block of West 81st Place, has been charged with one count of first degree murder and one count of armed robbery with a firearm in the officer’s death. Charges were announced during a press conference early Thursday by Superintendent Jody Weis.

According to Weis, Williams who had once lived with Blake, stole Blake’s keys after the shooting occured, with the the intent to return to Blake’s home to steal his gun collection. However, when Williams arrived at Blake’s home, police were already present.

Officer David Blake was on the Chicago police SWAT team, and played for the department’s football team, The Enforcers. Blake was found shot to death in SUV, in the 2900 block of West Seipp, just outside of another officer’s home.

The teen has only one prior arrest for a misdemeanor charge and is believed to be affiliated with a gang, according to Weis.

Weis praised the detectives and investigators who worked the case and brought about swift justice saying, “They had nothing when they started…”, but were still able to build a case in a short amount of time.