Hero Down: Cook County Deputy Nick Theofanopoulos Killed By Drunk Driver

Cook County Sheriff's Deputy Nick Theofanopoulos served his department for 15 years.

Chicago, IL – Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Theofanopoulos was killed in a head-on collision on Monday night as he was heading to relieve a fellow deputy guarding an inmate at a local hospital.

Off-duty Deputy Theofanopoulos, 39, was driving northbound on Kedzie Avenue in his 2006 Nissan Altima when the collision occurred just before 9 p.m., the Chicago Sun Times reported.

Prior to the crash, the other driver, 21-year-old Monzerat Perez, had consumed multiple alcoholic drinks, then took off in her Jeep, a witness told police.

She was driving without her headlights on, crossed over into oncoming traffic, and blew through a stoplight, then continued driving on the wrong side of the road, according to prosecutors.

Moments later, Perez slammed into Deputy Theofanopoulos head-on.

Deputy Theofanopoulos was rushed to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn – which also happened to be the same location he had been heading to in order to relieve his fellow deputy, WBBM reported.

He was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at the hospital.

Perez was also taken to Christ Hospital, where investigators learned she had a blood-alcohol content of 0.265 - more than three times above the legal limit, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

While at the hospital, Perez allegedly tried to escape on two occasions, police said.

Officers guarding her room stopped her, and placed her in handcuffs after her first attempt.

Perez managed to slip her cuffs, and despite being nude, tried to take off again.

She has been charged with reckless homicide, driving under the influence leading to death, and escape.

Despite the allegations that she killed a law enforcement officer and tried to run away from police while in custody, Judge Mary Marubio set Perez's bail at just $50,000.

Deputy Theofanopoulos had been with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) for 15 years, and was assigned to external operations, the Chicago Tribune reported.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and fellow deputies at this exceptionally difficult time," CCSO spokesperson Cara Smith told WLS.

A police procession escorted the body of the fallen deputy from the hospital to the medical examiner’s office at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, WGN reported.

Deputy Theofanopoulos leaves behind his parents, siblings, grandmother, and several nieces and nephews, according to his obituary.

He will be laid to rest on Monday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Theofanopoulos, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Comments (12)
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Helen Hendrickson
Helen Hendrickson

Praying for his family both Blood and Blue.

VicG
VicG

Condolences to family and department. Rest in Peace Brother...

MSK
MSK

May the depuy Rest In Peace.

amdguru
amdguru

Sorry to hear Deputy Theofanopoulos lost his life from such a stupid and irresponsible act. Drunk driving is killing too many innocent people EVERYDAY and not enough is being done to stop it. And this time it was a HERO who was the victim of this nonsense. Makes me mad.

My thoughts and prayers go to his family and brothers in Blue. 💙

As for the $50k bail, well that's because women are never treated the same as man. Had the suspect been a man, additional charges would have been filed and the judge would have set bail much higher. I see this everyday too. In this country, we don't punish you based on the crime, but what gender you are. Female privilege does exist, here it resulted in a very low bond for KILLING a HERO! smh

Stanracer
Stanracer

Bleeding heart, hug-a-thug liberal judge combined with the female bias in the courts and that's what you get.👎

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Rest in peace, Deputy Theofanopoulos. May God be with your family, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service to your community. And may full justice be achieved upon the murderer for your needless and senseless death. Because her actions and choices, a department, a family, and a community are all grieving their loss of this fine officer.

LEO0301
LEO0301

RIP SIR 😢. Prayers for both of your families. This irresponsible selfish highly intoxicated female definitely needs to have her bail increased and be charged with murder. I am sick of the double standard the judicial system has for men and women. Being a female should not make any difference when you are charged with a crime! Women can be just as violent or more violent then men in many cases and should be punished just as harshly as their male counterparts

Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

She'll be free to do it again. Probably with an ankle bracelet.

hampshire
hampshire

Judge needs to be removed from the bench

jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called SON'S of GOD. Matthew 5:9

F33LINDUCKY
F33LINDUCKY

Missing my friend learning about it on the news was a tuff blow but seeing this girl get a slap on wrist is sickening. She wants to be a nurse I wouldn't let her near my dog let alone another human. She made a choice that took the life of my friend she chose to drink she chose to get behind the wheel she MURDERED my friend and is walking around with a ankle bracelet. This wasnt a accident this was a choice. Back in medieval times her fate would be seal in a dirt whole 6 foot under... where is the justice