Retired Illinois trooper charged in shooting death

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Posted on September 14, 2012 at 4:41 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 14 at 9:56 AM

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) -- A retired Illinois State Police trooper has been ordered held without bond in the shooting death of a man at a Chicago Heights gasoline station.

Dennis Joyner of Park Forest is charged in the death of 40-year-old Robert Fortson of Chicago Heights.

According to court records, Fortson and his family rented a home in Park Forest from August 2009 to August 2011 that is owned by Joyner. When the Fortson family moved out, “minor damage” to the house was noticed.

Authorities said Thursday that Joyner on Tuesday saw Fortson at the gas station and confronted him. As Fortson walked away, the 60-year-old Joyner shot him in the back and then stood over him and emptied his gun.

Prosecutors say in addition to witnesses, the shooting was captured on surveillance video.

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