Police union offers $10k reward in killing of officer's son

The Fraternal Order of Police union today announced a $10,000 reward for information about the slaying of a man who intervened in a dispute at a fast food restaurant.

The victim, Ronald Heard Jr., was the son of a 21st District officer. He was shot multiple times early Saturday at the White Castle drive-through at 6901 S. Western Ave., police said.

After reviewing videotape from the store's security camera and street cameras, police said the gunman was a black man between 20 and 30 years old, between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds.

The gunman had black hair and brown eyes. He wore a white t-shirt, three-quarter-length jeans and white gym shoes, said Commander Patricia Walsh of the Area 1 Detective Division.

The videos show him driving away in an early model, white, Kia Sportage with a tire-rack holding a tire with a dark cover and a luggage rack on the roof. There may be discoloring due to damage on the passenger side door or perhaps a graphic design, police say.

Heard, who worked as a banker in Northeastern Indiana, was in the second of two cars in the drive-through lane, said.

A third car pulled up and a man got out and tried to sell marijuana to the woman driving the first car. When she refused, the man grabbed her arm and began calling her names.

Heard stepped out of the passenger side and tried to diffuse the situation, police said.

The man returned to his car, pulled out a gun and shot Heard a number of times. The man shot several more rounds after Heard fell to the ground. He immediately drove away, police said. 

Heard "did a great thing and died for a good action," Walsh said.

Police did not release the name of the woman, but said she had no prior relationship with Heard.

Area 1 Detectives are still enhancing and reviewing the videos in order to identify the killer, an accomplice license plate number of the car, a press release from the police said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to contact Area 1 Detectives at (312) 747-8380.

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