Sunday, July 22, 2012

Off-duty Illinois State Trooper Brian Himber charged with murder after shooting woman - Trooper in critical condition after attempt suicide

Is the world going crazy or what? Illinois State Police Officers are some of the best trained and most professional officers I personaly know... Something is happening with all these people going crazy.....
A 31-year-old off-duty Illinois State Police officer was charged Sunday with murdering a woman in Westchester.

Brian Himber, of Chicago was charged with the first degree murder of Tracy Mays, 29.

Himber, who is accused of shooting Mays multiple times, was in critical condition with gunshot wounds from an attempted suicide, police said.

Neighbors said the shooting happened during a graduation party hosted by the homeowners. The people shot were guests, they said.

Several neighbors ­­— who would not give their names ­— said they heard gunshots at about 12:15 or 12:30 a.m. on the quiet street of brick homes. One woman thought it was fireworks going off, her husband said, adding that he saw shell casings and blood on the driveway.

By Sunday afternoon, the driveway smelled of bleach; a yellow striped party tent remained in the backyard. Allowed back into their tidy blonde brick house Sunday afternoon, the homeowners declined to comment. So did friends picking up party detritus from the front yard and street.

70 comments:

Anonymous said...

WTF? Thought I remembered another shooting like this several years back involving ISP.
Even the best has their few whackos.

Anonymous said...

Maybe these folks got a hold of some of that fucked up water from Sauk Village, Illinois. All kidding aside sounds like some deeper problems between these two. Could have been building up for some time. He is probably better off not coming back sad to say.

Anonymous said...

The woman that was murdered is my neice. She was a kind and beautiful person who didn't have a mean bone in her body. This is not a joking matter so please have some respect for our family. Tracy is the innocent victim, she did not live her life in a manner that would warrant this kind of tragedy.

Anonymous said...

Some woman can drive a man nuts.,

Anonymous said...

Probably dude cop.

Anonymous said...

I am very saddened about this news went to high school with Brian he was a great guy can't believe he would do something so horrible.

Anonymous said...

Please keep things respectful. Tracy n I grew up together n were bf for a very long time. After a friend of ours passed we drifted away.. :(... That dosent mean I will ever forget her.... It breaks my heart that someone can do this....... I found so many pictures.... Even though she is reunited w some ppl that passed throughout her life.... It was cut too short... In the hands of a monster... RIP...... Love u Tracy.... Xoxoxooxoxxox

Anonymous said...

Did u really just say that??? Have some respect.. Nobody deserves to die that way....

Anonymous said...

Amen.. .

William W. Ware, Elgin, IL said...

What did this woman do to this State Trooper to drive him to shoot her and himself. She must have been playing him.

Anonymous said...

I hope u remember that when ur kids r grown n u need comfort...... Wdh is wrong w u!! U need Jesus bcuz only evil ppl can pass judgement wo knowing the details.... Nevertheless nobody deserves to die like that especially her...... Didn't her aunt saybe respectful..... I hope God fills ur heart w love....

Anonymous said...

Pussy makes you do stupid shit.

I Voted For Obama said...

Sad story.

Anonymous said...

What an asshole he was for doing this. What happened to just moving on after a break up. Being that most state troopers parents are from the same family tree, they are all bound to lose it at some point.

Anonymous said...

^State Trooper^

Anonymous said...

very sad day

Anonymous said...

Must be from the guilt of having to fill your quota by cornholing the working class man on 53/355.

Anonymous said...

William W. Ware, Elgin, IL said...
What did this woman do to this State Trooper to drive him to shoot her and himself. She must have been playing him.

July 23, 2012 2:42 AM

+1

Anonymous said...

I went to high school and played football with Brian. He always had anger management issues. I once saw him throw a huge chunk of rock through another guy's windshield for fooling around with a girl he liked. He also once threw a trash can through some family's living room window for no apparant reason. Obviously neither of these things is tantamount to murder/suicide, but I always thought he had a propensity for snapping.

Anonymous said...

ive known both of these people and ive known them both in excess of ten yrs this is a horrible event that has ruined countless lives so can we please respect the loss and keep ur opinions to urself !!!! :( so so sad :(

Anonymous said...

was she hot?

Anonymous said...

must have been the high stress from all the seat belt tickets

Anonymous said...

does anybody really believe a trooper is better than a policeman,and above such tragic acts? ISP has the same ,if not more personnel issues that a police department.The management is very adept in hiding them. This sad situation just can't be hidden.

Anonymous said...

Stress plays a huge role in police work, some can't cope with it. Nothing is worth this, nothing.

Anonymous said...

If anybody knows the homeowners where she was killed.. Can we know if we are able to bring flowers where she lived her last moments??

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
ive known both of these people and ive known them both in excess of ten yrs this is a horrible event that has ruined countless lives so can we please respect the loss and keep ur opinions to urself !!!! :( so so sad :(

July 23, 2012 11:01 AM
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Really? You are so traumatized and upset that you find time to post on a blog site known for insensitive comments. You need to find better things to do while in mourning.

Anonymous said...

I find it unbelievable how many people are on here that knew the subjects involved and are upset that people are not 'respectful'. NEWS FLASH!!!!
Stay off the blogs, you may not like what you hear and some day it may be your name. What do you care what a bunch of unknowns are saying. Ignore it and move on.

Anonymous said...

Tracy may you Rest in peace, all our love we will see you again one day on the other side. What happened is a tragedy and completely unfair. Good people shouldn't go like this.

Anonymous said...

I'm so saddened to hear of this. Tracy and I were great neighborhood friends growing up, and she never could have deserved this. Prayers to your family, Tracy. XOXO

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
ive known both of these people and ive known them both in excess of ten yrs this is a horrible event that has ruined countless lives so can we please respect the loss and keep ur opinions to urself !!!! :( so so sad :(

July 23, 2012 11:01 AM
The purpose of the blog IS to voice your opinion. What makes you think yours is superior to anyone elses?

Anonymous said...

What the hell is detritus anyway? Is that like used rubbers or something?

Anonymous said...

Sad story.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for your loss. No smart ass comments from me.

Anonymous said...

I grew up with Tracy.. We have been best friends for a number of years.. I must say she was more like a sister to me than friend.. What happened is horrible and it will take a lot of time to come to terms with it.. If ever.. I love you Tracy! I have all our wonderful memories, which I am thankful for.. He will pay for what he did.. I miss you! Rest In Peace sister!

Anonymous said...

That's what pussy does to men!

Aunt Bea

Anonymous said...

This is not a fucking page to remember your friends. This is detective SHAVEDLONGCOCK for Christ sake

I always amazes me that when someone dies their friends instantly google their name.

Anonymous said...

Hey Joe.....where ya going with that gun in your hand?

SchaefBlog said...

Tracy was an amazingly genuine person (which is verified by some of the comments below). My sister and her were great friends. I, a few years younger, grew up knowing Tracy. I remember her coming by our house for many years, just to hang out, attending family parties, etc. It may seem humorous, creative, or brassy to make sarcastic comments. But know that Tracy was treasured by many people and this tragedy hurts all of us. The fact is, a life was taken much sooner than it should have been. And a little respect and reverence from others goes a long way in the healing process.

Anonymous said...

Those of you making smart ass comments about Troopers are obviously jealous you wouldn't make the cut to be one.....This one snapped. So what? How many desk clerks, postal workers, dentists, house wives, and un-employables like yourselves have snapped? Grow up. It's a tough world.

Anonymous said...

Thank God another cop is going down. FTP. Film the Police ALL the time !

Anonymous said...

Another cop going down? You are a moron. Just because you are a low life scum don't hate the police. You are a load your father should have left in a sock instead of a wet vag.

Anonymous said...

Tracy and I grew up together on the same block, we knew each other since we were kids. Its a tradgedy what happened. My thoughts and prayers goes out to her mother and brother. brian should b dead for what he done, he couldnt even committ suicide rit. I will always remember tracy. May u rest in peace. Love always, john

Anonymous said...

Tracy will be missed, she left a smile on on the lives she touched. I don't care what kind of site this is, you people who are making the rude remarks should be ashamed of yourself, it is just sick. This man or what ever you want to call him will pay for what he did, he deserves to pay for the rest of his life and beyond. Rest now Tracy, we love you.

Anonymous said...

Alcohol, slutty dancing, and guns never make a good combo.

Anonymous said...

Well I knew Brian on a working level. I never saw him blow up but I never saw him with folks outside of work. I'm saddened by the thought of him being mentally stressed and depressed to the point where he would do such a thing to a young lady and then attempt suicide. I'm shocked that no one close to him on the job EVER notice that he was having personal issues or mood swings. It's sad for both parties involved.....

Anonymous said...

I work with Tracy for 6yrs. She dump this punk a year ago. He was so controlling wanted to no were she was at every minute blowing up her phone. He said if I cant have you no one will. He said that a year ago. Tracy was very cool and caring and treated everyone with respect at work. We are going to miss you Tracy at United States Cold Storage minooka, Il. Hope this state trooper rots dump him in my back yard. He is a coward. There's alot of women out there you didnt have to kill her psycho cop.

Anonymous said...

Good advertisement for United States Cold Storage. Did you want to add a jingle?

Anonymous said...

Obviously US Cold Storage doesn't hire high school grads. Fuckin rain man.

Anonymous said...

Regardless of the education of US Cold Storage employees, obviously they're a group of caring people that have been heartbroken by this loss. No, I am not an employee but have witnessed how they've pulled together offering to do whatever they can to help her family. A tremendous turnout for her services. Tracy Mays did not deserve to have her life taken away. Theres no excuse for Brian Himber to shoot her once, let alone multiple times, which is definite indication of his intent to kill.

Anonymous said...

Regardless of the education of US Cold Storage employees, obviously they're a group of caring people that have been heartbroken by this loss. No, I am not an employee but have witnessed how they've pulled together offering to do whatever they can to help her family. A tremendous turnout for her services. Tracy Mays did not deserve to have her life taken away. Theres no excuse for Brian Himber to shoot her once, let alone multiple times, which is definite indication of his intent to kill.

Anonymous said...

Intent, is going to rather hard to prove. Did he intend to kill her prior to the arrival at the party? Did he intend to murder her and plan on bringing that gun for that sole purpose? I'm willing to bet alcohol coupled with irrational emotional outburst caused him to lose his mental faculties, still isn't right though.

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm Brian they are going to love your little white ass in prison. You better get some lipstick cuz you are gonna be someone's wife inside. Remember, spread your cheeks when you take the plank, it hurts less.

Anonymous said...

By the comment regarding his intent to kill I was referring to the fact that he shot her multiple times. It's not like he shot her only one time. I'm not saying that it was planned but when he shot more than one time his intent had to be to kill.
Lose his mental faculties due to alcohol and emotional outburst, hmmm. Aren't these officers trained to remain in control even when being personally attacked either verbally or physically? I'd think that training should override even with alcohol in play. And he wasn't physically threatened by Tracy, remember he had the gun.

Anonymous said...

"Lose his mental faculties due to alcohol and emotional outburst, hmmm. Aren't these officers trained to remain in control even when being personally attacked either verbally or physically? I'd think that training should override even with alcohol in play. And he wasn't physically threatened by Tracy, remember he had the gun."

These officers aren't trained to remain calm while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol inhibits your mental faculties impairs your judgment. Maybe you didn't know that. No one said he was threatened either. From what I understand it was in the heat of the moment and certain actions from both sides led to the argument. I'm not saying he was right but to call him a cold blooded pre-meditated murder is wrong.

Anonymous said...

I didn't say it was necessarily premeditated. But there was time to go get the gun wherever it came from, his vehicle or did it come from the house? Plus I would think 'heat of the moment' wouldn't allow for more than one shot at the victim.
I still believe that the job related training should carry over into his off-duty life. Make you think more rationally about arguments or any type of confrontation since officers are always subjected to name calling & physical abuse. Officers should be more level headed and know how to control such situations even with alcohol use. This doesn't make sense. And the fact that he attempted suicide? I'd think an officer would KNOW right where to shoot if he really wanted to kill himself. Why didn't he shoot himself the same way he shot Tracy? Was it a suicide attempt or an attempt to gain sympathy by pretending to want to die? He may not have much of a life left even though he's recovered from his injury but prison has one option that Heaven doesn't, and thats visiting hours.

Anonymous said...

its nice that everyones got all these negative comments to make but all bs aside this blog shouldnt even be here i knew tracy from way back and brian was a friend u all should have nothing to say other then possative comments for friends and family tracy was robbed of her life but brian wasnt a bad guy and never for 2 seconds would i have expected this and deep down cant even accept that this has even happened this was a tragic event and yall need to respect the loss of both families

Anonymous said...

I never expected this and still finding I can't accept it either, but it did happen. Just expressing thoughts about it and angry as hell at Brian for taking her life. I was very close to both of them. One life lost, another destroyed. Just too sad and totally uncalled for.

Anonymous said...

Voluntary intoxication is NOT a defense in Illinois! So, yes it will be easy to prove his intent! You can prove intent when he went to get his gun! Premeditated doesn't have to be "thought out for weeks/days" His intention can be formed in a couple of seconds, like when he went for his gun! Fellow troopers, you should all know this!

This is a tragedy for both families. But Tracy's family and friends will never be able to talk to or see her again. Brian's family and friends will be able to see and talk to him! How dare you people posting stupid ignorant comments regarding this tragic event. Tracy's family is hurting enough and dealing with enough. They do NOT need to see your ignorant BS comments! have a little RESPECT! And you wonder why there are people that disrespect cops? LOL WOW! Gives me a completely different view of the police!

Anonymous said...

You are really arguing he should have remained calm even being four times the legal limit? You must put police officers on the same level as Jesus Christ if you expect that. I guess you have never been drunk.

Anonymous said...

Here we go, a self educated lawyer. Save your breath and blow up a balloon. I'm willing to bet the charges get downgraded to second degree murder and it will be for the reasons mentioned before, not thought out and acted upon irrationally.

Anonymous said...

I am not a "self educated" lawyer, I am a licensed attorney. You, however, are a moron. Perhaps a little less "Law and Order" is in order. Voluntary intoxication is no longer a defense in Illinois. Second Degree murder can be an affirmative defense to first degree murder IF there exists "some evidence" to establish provocation....NOT merely intoxication, and not merely "words." The charges will most likely not get "downgraded" in this case. If there exists any "cooling off" period between any alleged provocation and the shooting, it is a first degree case. And, because a firearm was used, it is a minimum 45-year sentence. It is possible that a plea agreement may be reached to spare the family the pain of a trial, (and, of course, because the defendant is a former police officer and we can tell from the comments on this forum the special treatment they tend to get, or at least believe they are entitled to..."I'm sorry officer, did you really expect me to navigate that curve very well when I was four times the legal limit?", "I'm sorry officer, I was four times the legal limit when I raped that woman." "Really, don't blame me, blame Jack Daniels.") Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

I don't know where 'four times the legal limit' info came from. I do know that he doesn't deserve to ever walk as a free man ever again during his lifetime. I hope the 6 charges of 1st degree murder he's facing keeps him locked up until his last breath.

Anonymous said...

"Four times" the legal limit came from this post:

Anonymous said...
You are really arguing he should have remained calm even being four times the legal limit? You must put police officers on the same level as Jesus Christ if you expect that. I guess you have never been drunk.

August 11, 2012 11:45 PM

Anonymous said...

Which if that is the case, you probably shouldn't be discussing the details in such a specific way. Things that make you do HMMMMMM..... How would that person know he was "four times the legal limit?" That was NEVER put in the paper? So was he that intoxicated?
If he was... it's disgusting that he couldn't handle his alcohol to know when TO STOP DRINKING!

Anonymous said...

Well from one lawyer to another, the original statement was that alcohol clouds judgement and because it was apparently in the heat of the moment with no cooling off period and because a substantial amount of cool was involved a defense can be mounted to downgrade the charges. Now please, go back to tax law, leave the criminal defense to those who are practicing it daily.

Anonymous said...

Drinking is an addiction. Some people can't stop unfortunately.

Mr. SouthSide said...

The law is the one man-made science and the practitioners have really screwed it up.

Anonymous said...

"Apparently in the heat of the moment, with no cooling off period?" Really? You just assume the facts that might make it a second degree case? There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever from the information revealed that he was in any way provoked or that this was anything but a cop (armed by the state) who could not hold his liquor, retrieved a firearm, pulled it on an an unarmed woman, and shot her to death. Sure, alcohol clouds judgment, but again, voluntary intoxication is NOT a defense to murder in Illinois. Take a look at 720 ILCS 5/6-3. Maybe they will teach you that next year in law school. Since you are a "daily" criminal law practitioner, maybe you have actually read the murder statute: you know, the part about "knowing such acts will cause death or great bodily harm." NOT..."gee, I got myself so shitfaced I didn't 'know' anything." THAT would be "voluntary intoxication," and, again, not a defense (or a basis for a second degree instruction). And it's a "reasonable man" standard...not a "reasonable drunk man" standard. A cop, of all people...and a state trooper who makes DUI stops, no less...is going to have a REAL hard time making the argument that he is not responsible for the events that followed from his choosing to drink in excess, then interjecting a firearm into the situation, and then firing it at someone, causing death. I'll bet he's now wishing the FOP was not so successful in its lobbying efforts to get truth-in-sentencing and mandatory add-ons for using a firearm passed. What not too long ago could have been a 10 year sentence (20 at 50 percent), is now a mandatory 45 years.

Anonymous said...

Any updates on this case other than what's published in the papers? Is Brian conscious and alert? Does he know what he's done?

Anonymous said...

Really? You are going to ask that? Obviously you are NOT that close to either party. Guess you will have to wait for news to report. I can not even believe someone would ask that. NOSEY!!!!!