Gentlemen’s Club Security Guard Charged with Murder After Shooting Driver of Departing Pickup Truck with Passenger/Shooter Inside

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Security Guard Michael Long, charged with First-Degree Murder (SOURCE: Cook County Sheriff's Office)
Security Guard Michael Long, charged with First-Degree Murder (SOURCE: Cook County Sheriff’s Office).

A private security guard is facing a first-degree murder charge after a Cook County Sheriff’s Police investigation found he shot and killed the driver of a vehicle leaving a Ford Heights’ club, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

Cook County Sheriff’s Police were called about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2023 to a report of shots fired outside the Atlantis Gentlemen’s Club in the block of 1800 East Lincoln Highway in Ford Heights. Responding officers found 29-year-old Jesus Galvan, of Pharr, Texas, shot in his white pickup truck that had crashed nearby. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Samuel Martinez, charged with Reckless Discharge of a Firearm (SOURCE: Cook County Sheriff's Office)
Samuel Martinez, charged with Reckless Discharge of a Firearm (SOURCE: Cook County Sheriff’s Office).

During their investigation, Cook County Sheriff’s Police detectives learned that after Galvan and three others got into his pickup truck and left the club, one of his passengers fired a gun multiple times and struck a parked vehicle belonging to the club’s security guard, Michael Long. According to the investigation, when a club employee approached Galvan’s vehicle, Galvan displayed a firearm. Galvan was then told to leave. Detectives learned that as Galvan drove away from the club, Long fired multiple shots at Galvan’s pickup truck, of which one of the shots struck and killed Galvan.

The public is reminded that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

— Cook County Sheriff’s Office

On Monday, August 14, 2023, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved a first-degree murder charge against Long, 52, of the block of 400 East Bowen in Chicago. The State’s Attorney’s Office also approved a reckless discharge of a firearm charge against Galvan’s passenger, 31-year-old Samuel Martinez of East Chicago, Indiana. Both appeared today at the Markham Courthouse for a bond hearing.

Long was ordered held without bail at the Cook County Jail, and Martinez’s bond was set at $50,000-D. A D-bond requires jailed suspect to pay 10% of the bail amount set by a judge to secure their release from jail.

In 2008, the Cook County Sheriff’s Department took over law enforcement operations, including patrol and investigations for the Village of Ford Heights.



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