The wife of an Oak Park public safety officer killed during a traffic stop last winter took the stand Wednesday in the trial of 17-year-old Jonathon Belton.

Sarah Samborski testified about the last time she had seen her husband alive, and being awakened by police who told her he had been shot.

Later in the afternoon, the Oak Park police lieutenant who hired Samborski testified that it was not uncommon for an officer to do what Samborski had done, taking a juvenile defender to a parent when a minor offense had occurred.

Oak Park police officer Mason Samborski was shot in the head with his own gun during a struggle with Belton, following a traffic stop last December.

Belton was caught driving without a license but gave a phony home address. When that was discovered, he tried to run. A struggle ensued and the officer’s gun went off.


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