Chicago cop guilty of second-degree murder in off-duty shooting
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Officer Lowell Houser (at right) was accused of killing 38-year-old Jose Nieves (left) in January 2017.

via WGN:

CHICAGO (WGN) -- A Chicago police officer was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder for shooting a man while off-duty.

Officer Lowell Houser was accused of killing 38-year-old Jose Nieves in January 2017.

Investigators said Houser was off-duty when he got into a heated argument with Nieves, who was one of his neighbors. Houser said he shot and killed Nieves in self-defense.

Houser claims it was Nieves who erupted and threatened him, and pretended to have a gun in his waistband. The two were said to have had an ongoing feud.

On Friday, a judge rejected Houser's contention that he acted in self-defense, but he also did not feel that Houser was guilty of premeditated first-degree murder.

Houser is expected to be sentenced on Jan. 24.

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