Cook County correctional officer charged in Hammond murder
Post-Tribune staff report August 12, 2013 12:24PM
Updated: September 14, 2013 6:12AM
A Chicago man was charged Monday morning in Lake Superior Court with murder in a road-rage shooting.
Edgar Novera Singleton Jr., 61, is in the Lake County Jail, charged with the shooting death of Montrell Moss, whose girlfriend told police Singleton’s van had twice cut them off Thursday as they traveled on Indianapolis Boulevard toward Chicago near 129th Street.
Singleton is a Cook County Jail correctional officer.
When Singleton pulled into the turn lane for the Horseshoe Casino and stopped at a red light, Moss drove past Singleton’s van, called the driver’s name and threw a Burger King cup at the van, the probable cause affidavit states.
Moss was stopped at the light when Singleton pulled out a gun, pointed it at Moss’ Buick LeSabre and fired. Moss, wounded in the neck, fell back. His girlfriend told police she tried to stop the car but was unable to. The car crashed into a gas pump at Luke gas station, 1051 Indianapolis Blvd.
As the girlfriend was speaking with Hammond police about the shooting, the van drove past. Singleton made a U-turn and speeded up and began to maneuver around cars stopped at the traffic signal, then pulled into the station. A pistol was removed from Singleton’s hip holster, and Singleton said, “he was reaching for a gun, I shot,” the probable cause affidavit states.
Police saw a bullet casing on the front passenger side seat of the van and a dented Burger King cup containing liquid in the second row bench seat, court records state.
Singleton is being held without bail. The Cook County sheriff’s office said it is in the process of terminating his employment.