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Suburban Chicago man charged in prominent appellate attorney’s death

In this undated photo provided by Mayer Brown LLP shows attorney Steve Shapiro. Police say Shapiro, an attorney who argued 30 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, has been fatally shot during a domestic altercation inside his suburban Chicago home. The Cook County medical examiner's office says Shapiro died in the Monday night attack Aug. 13, 2018 in Northfield, Ill. Police haven't released the suspect's identity or the circumstances of the shooting.(Mayer Brown LLP via AP)

In this undated photo provided by Mayer Brown LLP shows attorney Steve Shapiro. Police say Shapiro, an attorney who argued 30 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, has been fatally shot during a domestic altercation inside his suburban Chicago home. The Cook County medical examiner’s office says Shapiro died in the Monday night attack Aug. 13, 2018 in Northfield, Ill. Police haven’t released the suspect’s identity or the circumstances of the shooting.(Mayer Brown LLP via AP)

NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 66-year-old suburban Chicago man has been charged in the death of a prominent attorney who argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Northfield police say John Gately III of Winnetka was charged Wednesday with murder and attempted murder in the fatal shooting late Monday of 72-year-old Stephen Shapiro in his Northfield home.

After the shooting, police tracked Gately to his apartment, where he barricaded himself inside. He was taken into custody hours later after about 90 police officers responded to the scene.

Authorities have not said what led to the shooting. Gately is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Thursday morning in Skokie.

Shapiro’s colleagues at Mayer Brown referred to him as a “superhero” lawyer who founded the law firm’s Supreme Court and appellate practice after serving in the U.S. solicitor general’s office.

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