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01-11-2009, 07:39 PM

Prosecutors: Metra cop killed for his gun
Questions about Harvey cops' investigation remain
January 6, 2009
By Lauren FitzPatrick and Kim Janssen, Staff writers

Shot at close range in his marked squad car, Metra police officer Thomas Cook was killed by two thugs who wanted to steal his gun, prosecutors said Monday as one of his accused assassins finally appeared before a judge charged with his murder.

Fallen Officer Thomas Cook

More than two years after Jeremy T. Lloyd allegedly acted as a lookout while an accomplice shot the 43-year
-old father of two dead in a Harvey parking lot Sept. 27, 2006, Lloyd, 20, stood mute in jail scrubs at the Markham courthouse Monday morning. He was ordered held without bail by Judge Darron Bowden during a brief hearing.

Arrogant murderous nigger Lloyd

But the man suspected of pulling the trigger has yet to be charged. In a federal civil lawsuit, a former Harvey policeman claims this shooter is a relative of Mayor Eric Kellogg, a relationship the mayor's office denies.

Both men have been suspects since the first week of the investigation, and both have been in custody since October 2006, when they were charged with the unrelated attempted murder of a Harvey police officer they allegedly fired shots at just hours before Cook was killed.

But investigators refused to be drawn Monday into saying whether the timing of Lloyds charges is linked to a recent federal raid on the Harvey Police Department or to a series of scandals involving Harvey police officers now facing drug and corruption charges.

Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy, flanked at a Monday news conference by members of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force he heads, called the shooting probe "ongoing," declining to answer questions about the gunman or the timing of Lloyd's arrest.

"The murder of a police officer is an attack on the entire criminal justice system and unnerving to the general public," he said.


Speaking after facing Lloyd across the courtroom Monday, Cook's brother said Lloyd's arrest was a satisfying start for the family after two and a half years of waiting.

"We're happy it's gotten to this point," said Bob Cook, a longtime Cook County sheriff's deputy. "We felt frustrated because we didn't know what's going on."

Lloyd and the gunman - identified in court Monda
y only as "Individual A," but named in connection with the earlier shooting of Harvey officer Alex Gbur as 21-year-old Jemetric Nicholson - hatched a plan to steal Cook's gun after ditching their weapons in a "shootout" earlier that day, Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Joe Kosman said during Monday's hearing.

Witnesses saw both running from the murder scene, a parking lot opposite the Harvey Metra Station on 147th Street, Kosman said.

Lloyd, who has addresses listed in Harvey and Gary, and the gunman later traded Cook's stolen .357-caliber Sig-Sauer service weapon for another handgun, Kosman said, adding that Cook's gun was recovered last year from an address in Robbins.

After the shooting, Lloyd approached a second witness, told him to watch a news report about Cook's murder and admitted to being present when Cook was killed, Kosman said.

Questioned by police, Lloyd admitted being a lookout, telling officers he and the gunman had app
roached Cook via an alley with the intention of stealing Cook's gun, Kosman added.

Lloyd's attorney said his client would not cooperate further with police.

Thomas Cook's widow, Pam, sat silently among relatives as Kosman laid out few details of Lloyd's arrest. She declined to comment later Monday afternoon.


Cook left the Riverdale force where he had worked for a decade in 2003, where his father had been chief, for a Metra patrol job because he believed it to be safer work, his family has previously revealed.

And he moved his wife and their son and daughter, now 10 and 8, to Dyer, Ind. The night he died, Cook was patrolling the Metra Electric Line commuter lot on 147th Street, which had become a notorious mugging spot.

He normally patrolled the Blue Island branch of the Electric Line - not the Harvey branch. He was working overtime when he was killed, his brother said, and he was the first Metra officer to die in the line of duty.

Intrigue surrounds several Harvey officers who played roles in the Cook case.

During the December raid, led by the office of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, FBI agents confiscated files connected to Harvey Detective Archie Stallworth, who was the first responding officer to the parking lot after Thomas Cook was shot.

Stallworth - a key member of Kellogg's inner circle until he was dismissed last month - faces federal charges springing from an FBI drug sting that also saw three other Harvey cops charged.

And Gbur, who was dismissed by Harvey police for filing a false police report in connection with minor damage to his squad car soon after the shooting incident, has filed a federal lawsuit against the city, Kellogg and former Police Chief Andrew Joshua, alleging he was dismissed in part because he had provided evidence against Nicholson, "a relative of Mayor Kellogg."

In a jailhouse letter to his girlfriend, Nicholson boasted of his involvement in a murder and four attempt
ed murders, prosecutors have said.

On two separate occasions since his arrest he tried to smuggle a homemade "shank" weapon into the county jail, it is alleged.

Other Harvey officers - on orders of the mayor's brothers - are said to have been called off the crime scene, according to now-retired chief Andrew Joshua.

In 2007, just after leaving the force, Joshua told the Daily Southtown that Kellogg's brother Derek Muhammad slowed the investigation by calling special operations officers off the crime scene after Joshua ordered the tactical teams to comb the streets, shake up the local gang chiefs and scour area hot spots for suspects later the night Cook was shot.

But speaking Monday, Harvey city spokeswoman Sandra Alvarado repeated Kellogg's insistence that he is not related to Nicholson.

"Thomas Cook's shooting is being investigated by the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force, so to suggest that Harvey police are protecting Jemetric Nicholson is
absurd," she said.

"In no way, either by blood or marriage, is Mr. Nicholson related to Mayor Kellogg."

10-07-2015, 07:16 AM

Trial underway for man accused of killing Metra officer


The widow of a Metra police officer who was shot in the back of the head and killed more than nine years ago testified Tuesday in the trial of the felon accused of slaying her husband.


Jemetric Nicholson, 28, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Thomas Cook, a 43-year-old veteran police officer who had been working a special detail near the 147th Street Metra station in Harvey when he was killed.

Nicholson's murder trial is expected to go through Friday.


Slain Metra Police Officer Thomas Cook

01-15-2016, 07:36 AM

Man found guilty in 2006 killing of Metra police officer


Every phone call over the past nine years has filled Pam Cook with a sense of dread. She worried that each could be yet another update about the investigation and legal proceedings related to the 2006 shooting death of her husband Thomas, a Metra police officer.

On Thursday, Pam Cook said she and her two children can enjoy life again after a Cook County jury convicted 28-year-old Jemetric Nicholson of first-degree murder in the killing of her husband, three months after a jury failed to reach a verdict the first time Nicholson was tried for the crime.

Nicholson is scheduled to return to Markham for sentencing Feb. 26.

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