Demoted Chicago Tech Firm CTO Shoots Boss, Self

Tyler Durden's picture

One man is dead and one man critical after a 59-year-old employee of Chicago tech firm ArrowStream shot the company's CEO and then turned the weapon on himself and committed suicide. Chicago Police stated that "he was despondent over the fact that he got demoted." The alleged shooter, Anthony DeFrances, CTO for the firm, had worked for the company since 2001. As Fox reports, the company’s CEO, Steven LaVoie, 54, of LaGrange, was in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, after being shot in the head and stomach.


FOX 32 News Chicago


As Fox Chicago reports,

A recently demoted executive entered a Loop office building in Chicago on Thursday morning and shot the company’s CEO before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, authorities said.


The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. at the ArrowStream company on the 17th floor of the Bank of America building, 231 S. LaSalle St.


Apparently he was despondent over the fact that he got demoted,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.


The company’s CEO, Steven LaVoie, 54, of LaGrange, was in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, after being shot in the head and stomach, authorities said.


The alleged shooter was identified as Anthony DeFrances, a 59-year-old employee who had been told on Friday that he was being demoted as the company downsizes, police said. DeFrances had worked at the company since January 2001, according to his LinkedIn profile.


According to ArrowStream's website, Anthony DeFrances is the CTO of the company.

Tony DeFrances
Chief Technology Officer

Tony DeFrances is the Chief Technology Officer for ArrowStream. With ArrowStream virtually since its inception, Tony leads all aspects of ArrowStream’s technology, including Development, Quality Assurance, Technical Support, Documentation, Systems and Network Infrastructure, and Data Management.


DeFrances brings more than 25 years of technology experience to ArrowStream. For the 10 years prior to joining the company, he founded and ran a successful software company that developed and sold communications, middleware, and sales force automation products and services to Fortune 500 companies in foodservice and other industries. Prior to starting his own company, DeFrances spent 15 years in technology consulting and software development.


DeFrances has a Master of Science in Experimental Psychology and a Masters of Computer Science from the University of Dayton.


Tony lives in the Chicago area with his wife Eileen and three children.

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Sadly, as small cap stocks come under pressure and the endless flow of hot money into tech startups slows (as it has done before), we fear this episode could well repeat all over the country.

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Skateboarder's picture

He was really pissed about IT being a thankless job with the biggest 'talent pool' of mediocrity.

Do you only go to the afterlife if you've uploaded your entire life story to 'the cloud'?

Bastiat's picture

Yes.  It facilitates the continued collections efforts on your student loan debt.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



...he founded and ran a successful software company that developed and sold
communications, middleware, and sales force automation products and
services to Fortune 500 companies in foodservice and other industries.

I thank God that my obituary will not include the words, "middleware," and, "foodservice."

knukles's picture

Well, coulda been worse.  He coulda been fired.


God's gonna send him to the Great Burger King in the Sky

Dr. Everett V. Scott's picture

"He coulda been fired."

He SHOULDA been fired. This is why it's almost always a bad idea to demote someone. 'Up or out' is the only reasonable carreer path.

At least this didn't happen in a Post Office...

Manthong's picture

all those guns

If we could just get another 30 million or so guns purchased here, we could hit that magic number of a gun for every man, woman, child, transgender and whatever in the country.  

I’ll go out and buy another one just to get things rolling.

BellyBrain's picture

To everyone who plans on shooting their boss, please bear in mind:


You should practice with that handgun.  2 to the chest, 1 to the head.  Drill that until you can do it accurately within 2 seconds. 


Use at least a 9mm with hollow point bullets.  Carry extra magazines.


Don't just shoot ONE of your bosses.  Try to get them ALL.  Burst into a board meeting, for example.


Don't shoot anyone who makes less than $1-2 million per year.  Focus on the parasitic "captains" of industry only.


After you take out that board meeting, holster your pistol under your blazer and walk calmly out of the building.  Drive to the mansion of the uber-parasite who owns the company and remove him from the equation as well.


If you make it through all of that alive, then you can feel good about going ahead with suicide, knowing you helped remove at least 4 (hopefully more) sociopaths from the human gene pool. 


Don't settle for less than a 4:1 ratio. 

outamyeffinway's picture

This bitch is going off the chizzy!!!

remain calm's picture

He's not a banker, why do we care?

The Alarmist's picture

Proof that you should never lay someone off; fire their asses and have them escorted off the premises before they know what hit them.


Karaio's picture

One of the best reviews I've ever read! 



NeedleDickTheBugFucker's picture

I find video tutorials more helpful for these types of situations....

starman's picture

Belly thanks for laughs I just wet myself .

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Haha... very nice.  You really convinced me.   At first read of the storie, I thought: "Well, at least this bozo shot himself in the head... only good thing he did."   But, you bring it to a "ho' nuvah level" and, you're right... he did it all wrong, lol!

Freddie's picture

2 to the chest, 1 to the head.  Drill that until you can do it accurately within 2 seconds. 

Does this work with nail guns too?

The Alarmist's picture

That third shot was simply a result of you jerking the gun from the first two shots ... don't want anyone to accuse you of using excessive force.

Hulk's picture

Looks like we need to invent the 12 shooter...

Wait What's picture

funniest thing i read today.

r00t61's picture

+1 for accurately saying "magazine" instead of "clip."

On the other hand, if someone wants to use an M1 Garand, more power to him.

The Alarmist's picture

Your US miliary still used the M1 in the '80s for a "21 gun" salute at official burial ceremonies.  It was a fine gun for something like that. 

SmackDaddy's picture

i would have done that, but it would have fucked up my unemployment claim....

Leveraged Algorithm's picture

You forgot the part about reloadiing......

BellyBrain's picture

That's why I put "extra magazines" in there.  But yes, some reloading drills would be helpful, too.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Glock magazines in 9mm that hold 33 rounds can be had for the 17, 19, 26, and 34.

Be sure to only buy real Glock mags as the third party ones jam up.

Simple math indicates a full mag could eliminate 11 bankers; if you started with one in the pipe, the extra could be used by the Patriot - I mean shooter on him or herself.

Similarity Glock makes a 22 round mag that feeds well into all it's .40 caliber pistols.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Blah Blah Blah sad.

Where do I put in my application, and am I comped for body armor?

JRobby's picture

That was the first thought I had. I guess he didn't realize how bad it is out there in "jobland"

benb's picture

A lot of those tech company office environs are really repressive and destructive to one's mental health. This guy must have been pretty wrapped up in the meaningless Co. b.s. Shooting people ain't the answer. This spoiled sport was no pauper. He could have quit and gone off to do something meaningful with his life.

NotApplicable's picture

Worse yet is that they were for "sales force automation."


knukles's picture

So'd he shoot him with a single shot, revolver or semi-auto?

BellyBrain's picture

He should have been better prepared.  Semi-auto, 9mm or .45. 

jcaz's picture

Tried to exercise his options, found out he gets nothing- because there WASN'T anything-

Ponzis get more interesting when the music stops....

Gringo Viejo's picture

I believe...."Tony LIVED in the Chicago area".....

trader1's picture

i'm loving all the junks for pointing out a reality.


Toolshed's picture

So you are admiitng you are a troll? Imagine my surprise. Most douche bags are trolls.

Toolshed's picture

All you anti-gun douche bags seem to have failed to notice that most gun violence these days is committed by MILITARIZED LAW ENFORCEMENT. With the large number of guns in private hands, and the miniscule percentage of them used for unjustified violence, is indicative of a surprising level of restraint by the private citizenry. The PIGS, a term whose time seems to have returned, appear to have very, very, itchy trigger fingers. I recently advised my daughter to start trying to persuade her deputy sherrif husband, who is one of the nicest people I have ever met and became a sherrif because he wanted to help people (incredible I know) to get into another career path before it is too late. If you have loved ones in law enforcement, I recommend you do the same. Unless of course, they are like far too many PIGS, and enjoy going to the gym, getting pumped up on steroids, and then searching for some elderly citizens to pistol whip and pepper spray. Friends don't let friends become PIGS.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Bravo good sir.  Funny thing is that most of the anti-gun groups use gun death numbers that include those pirates that wear a badge.  Cognitive dissonance at its best or worst.  I am not sure really.

Piggy, piggy, piggy, come on, come on...

RafterManFMJ's picture

You imbeciles better smarten up, and do it right quick.

There is no convincing your opponents - none. You flail and sputter with elementary logic, with statistics, with history.

Do you not see?

Your enemy is implacable and will never stop until they are physically defeated or until they have disarmed you and moved on to the next phase of their plan.

Get your head out off you ass - if an 8 year old can defeat most progressives' arguments, yet the progressive continues to argue and scheme then you are dealing with FAR MORE than a simple disagreement, a minor quibble.

Here let me help you:

1. Regulation
2. Registration <----- YOU ARE HERE
3. Confiscation
4. Liquidation

netsludge's picture

Is your workplace getting shot up by a crazed gunman?

No problem — just grab a pair of scissors and fight back!

DHS: Use Scissors To Defend Yourself From A Mass Shooter

trader1's picture

"a surprising level of restraint" or "a surprising level of enjoying this"?

Dr. Everett V. Scott's picture

"All those guns"

Yes! I for one am tired of all those guns running around and shooting people!

Instead, let's have the government confiscate them. Because, like, we can trust Obama to protect us.

Rentier88's picture

Ah, life has been so rough and hard for the weak minded little CTO? wahaa wahaa...

Xibalba's picture

Guns kill people the same way pencils write essays.

pods's picture

Foons make people fat?


Agent P's picture

For the record, I am a strong believer that Foon is indeed the better name for that utensil. 


pods's picture

That is nowhere near as bad as the guy who let loose with an AR in a trailer park down here.

So much for his psych degree?

When times get bad people snap.  And times are bad, no matter what the magic box says. Magic boxes don't pay the bills.
Welcome to the desert of the real.