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The Associated Press. A police officer comforts the mother of a Chicago police officer who was slain outside their home in Chicago on Thursday. Thomas Wortham IV, a Chicago police officer who recently returned from Iraq was shot and killed when several people approached him outside his family's home and tried to steal his new motorcycle, authorities said Thursday. The officer's father a retired Chicago police officer came to his son's aid and shot two of the attackers, killing one of them late Wednesday, police said.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Chicago officer, Iraq vet killed

A 30-year-old Chicago police officer who recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq was shot and killed when several people approached him outside his family's home and tried to steal his new motorcycle, authorities said Thursday.Thomas Wortham IV's father -- a retired Chicago police officer -- came to his son's aid and shot two of the attackers, killing one of them late Wednesday, police said. Retired police officers are allowed to keep guns.

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