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Police chief says she won’t speak gunman’s name again

AURORA, Ill. — The police chief of a suburban Chicago community says she’ll never again speak the name of a man who fatally shot five co-workers at a local business.

After Friday’s killings, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said 45-year-old Gary Martin ‘‘was being terminated’’ before he started shooting at Henry Pratt Co.

But Ziman said in a Tuesday posting on her department’s Facebook page that, ‘‘I said his name one time for the media, and I will never let it cross my lips again.’’

Five police officers were also shot and wounded during a Friday shootout in which Martin was killed.

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Ziman’s Facebook post later referenced Martin, saying ‘‘that evil soul shouldn’t have taken others down because he was angry. He shouldn’t have even had a weapon. Lives shouldn’t have been stolen.’’

Meanwhile, Illinois State Police say Martin lied about his criminal history in 2014 to obtain a card from the agency that allowed him to purchase a handgun.

State Police say Martin answered ‘‘no’’ to a question on his January 2014 application for a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card about whether he’d ever been convicted of a felony.

Police said Monday that a records search ‘‘revealed no prohibiting factors’’ in Martin’s Illinois criminal history. His card was approved on Jan. 31, 2014. He then purchased a handgun in March 2014 after clearing another background check.

Police said they later discovered that Martin had a felony conviction in Mississippi after his fingerprints revealed an FBI record when he applied for a concealed carry license later in March 2014.