Man charged with 2016 murder of teen in West Ridge

Video images of the murder scene from Maggio News and Polk’s mugshot. | Maggio News; CPD

An Austin man has been charged with the shooting death of 18-year-old Miguel Bahena in the West Ridge neighborhood on Aug. 6, 2016.

Chicago police developed information that 24-year-old Sherrif Polk of the first block of South Waller was responsible for killing Bahena in the 2100 block of West Devon nearly three years ago, according to court records. Town Hall (19th) District tactical officers contacted Polk and arranged for him to turn himself in at the district station near Boystown last Monday evening, according to a police report.

Prosecutors said Bahena and Polk were members of rival gangs when Polk approached Bahena and another teenager, then opened fire. Bahena was struck four times in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene. His companion was not injured.

Polk is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault by discharging a firearm. Judge Sophia Atcherson ordered him held without bail.
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