State trooper faces murder charges in Westchester shooting
Updated: August 27, 2012 10:18AM
WESTCHESTER — A 31-year-old Illinois State Police trooper was charged late Sunday with two counts of first-degree murder after he shot and killed a woman in what appeared to be a domestic dispute, officials said.
The trooper, Brian Himber, of the 4100 block of North Central Avenue in Chicago, was in custody with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he tried to commit suicide, according to a statement issued by the Westchester Police Department. He was scheduled for surgery Monday.
The woman, identified by police as 29-year-old Tracy Mays, suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the 10900 block of Nelson Street, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. She was pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical Center at 1:06 a.m., and an autopsy Sunday ruled her death a homicide.
The shooting was believed to be domestic-related, Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said.
“I can confirm that an ISP off-duty officer was involved in an early morning shooting,” Bond said in an emailed statement.
“The officer has been relieved of powers and remains in the custody of the Westchester Police Department,” she said.
The officer, who has been with the state police since 2004, was in critical condition Sunday with self-inflicted gunshot wounds, she said. The weapon used was not a service weapon, Bond said. Westchester police are handling the investigation into the shooting, Bond said.