We now have the names criminal histories and street gang affiliations of the two dead thugs. They were Kenneth Elrod, 31, of the 5400 block of West Waveland and Demetri Centera, 31, of the 4700 block of North Kenneth in Chicago.
Elrod and Centera were proud members of the Latin Eagles street gang. They were both career criminals. Elrod was a burglar and drug offender that has been twice sent to prison. Centera has a rap sheet listing no less that 26 arrests for a wide variety of crimes including drugs, disorderly conduct and trespassing.
It turns out that this event began at the Magic Touch Club located 5728 W. Belmont when Elrod caused a disturbance with another man and was removed from the club by the off duty officer. Elrod went home and came back with Centera, guns and extra ammo to exact revenge. They waited for the officer to leave the club and then ambushed him with drawn guns at Belmont and Kilpatrick.
Both offenders committed serious new felonies by possessing firearms because of their past criminal records. The incredibly stupid decision to harm their victim cost these two criminals their lives.
The Albany Park District tactical officer was lucky to be armed, well trained and somehow capable of surviving this deadly assault. The officer’s actions were carefully reviewed by the department and were ruled to be justifiable and proper under department regulations. One thing for sure Chicago is a safer place without Elrod and Centera roaming the streets.
As for the two dead men this seems to be yet another sad example that validates Darwin’s theory of evolution.