Bernard Williams Charged In Murder Of Police Officer David Blake

A Chicago teenager was charged Wednesday in the murder of off-duty Chicago Police Officer David Blake, who was found fatally shot in his SUV last month.

Bernard Williams, 18, of the 2500 block of West 81st Place, has been charged with one count of first degree murder and one count of armed robbery with a firearm in Blake's slaying, according to police News Affairs.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Williams killed Blake because he wanted to steal his "extensive gun collection" and that the teen stayed at the officer's home for a short period of time.

Williams . . . allegedly lured Blake, who was off-duty, to an out of the way location at a dead-end street in the 2900 block of West Seipp on Nov. 22 to "talk about moving in with him again," the source said.

"It was a ruse to kill him and steal his cache of weapons," the source said.

Blake, 45, was a 15-year veteran assigned to CPD's SWAT team. Initially, investigators did not consider robbery to be a motive in the case--since Blake was found in his SUV with his gun and his wallet.

A police source told the Sun-Times that Blake "possessed a varied collection of registered and unregistered guns," that Williams hoped to steal the weapons from his home after killing him. When Williams arrived at Blake's home, however, police officers had already arrived on the scene.

Williams allegedly told his friends that he shot Blake, and confessed to the crime late Wednesday.

Williams will appear in bond court Thursday.