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Teen charged in killing of retired Chicago firefighter

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A 15-year-old made an initial court appearance Thursday on a murder charge in the death of a retired Chicago Fire Department lieutenant who was shot and killed this month during an apparent carjacking attempt on the city’s South Side.

Dwain P. Williams, 65, was confronted by the defendant and two other people as he approached his car after leaving a popcorn shop on Dec. 3, authorities said. Williams pulled out his gun and managed to fire it, but he was shot in the abdomen by one of the attackers and was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said at the time.

Police said earlier this month that they didn’t know if Williams’ managed to shoot any of his attackers before they fled in the car they arrived in. Police are still seeking the other two suspects.

The teen who was arrested, who hasn’t been named because he is charged as a juvenile, also faces an attempted robbery charge.

Workers at the popcorn shop, Let’s Get Poppin’, said Williams was regular and had just left the shop when he was attacked.

Williams retired about two years ago, having joined the fire department in 1992, department spokesman Larry Langford said earlier. He had planned to return to work soon as a civilian with Office of Emergency Management and Communications, Langford said.

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