Homicide

Chicago officer who killed unarmed woman resigns from force

FILE - In this April 20, 2015, file photo, Chicago Police Detective Dante Servin listens as Judge Dennis Porter reads his decision at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on involuntary manslaughter charges in the March 2012 shooting death of Rekia Boyd. Servin, whom the department was trying to fire after he fatally shot Boyd, has decided to resign from the force rather than fight to retain his job. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

FILE - In this April 20, 2015, file photo, Chicago Police Detective Dante Servin listens as Judge Dennis Porter reads his decision at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on involuntary manslaughter charges in the March 2012 shooting death of Rekia Boyd. Servin, whom the department was trying to fire after he fatally shot Boyd, has decided to resign from the force rather than fight to retain his job. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

A Chicago police officer whom the department was trying to fire after he fatally shot an unarmed 22-year-old woman in 2012 has decided to resign from the force rather than fight to retain his job.

The city's police board said Tuesday that Dante Servin, who was off duty when he killed Rekia Boyd, had quit. It came two days before Servin was to appear for a hearing at which the board was to decide if he should be fired, as former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy recommended last year.

Boyd was with friends when Servin opened fire after he said he saw a person in the group moving toward him with a gun. Police found only a cellphone. Servin was charged with involuntary manslaughter, though a judge later dismissed the charges.