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Third suspect captured in fatal Chicago cop shooting – .


Chicago Police on Sunday captured the third suspect in the gunshot death of one officer and the wounding of another the night before during a traffic stop in West Englewood.

Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. David Brown announced the arrest Sunday morning at CPD headquarters. He said the injured officer remained in critical condition.

“Our officers need this city to pray for their strength, to pray for peace to be comforted, to their families to be comforted,” said Brown.

The slain officer was identified by the department as Ella French, 29, who started with the DPC in April 2018.


Chicago Police Officer Ella French was shot and killed in West Englewood on Saturday night.
Chicago Police Service

French and the other officer were shot dead during a traffic stop shortly after 9 p.m. at 63rd Street and Bell Avenue in West Englewood. They fired back, hitting at least one suspect, police said.

Officers involved in the incident were equipped with body-worn cameras and much of what happened was filmed, Brown noted.

He praised the officers for continuing to show up and do their dangerous jobs after a night of tragedy. “I ask Chicago to put its arms around our police officers today and encourage them to continue their great work to protect us all,” he added.


Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. David Brown spoke to reporters on Sunday about the shooting death of a CPD officer on Saturday night. Another officer was also shot dead and was in critical condition on Sunday afternoon. Brown urged the townspeople to keep the families of the two officers in their prayers.
Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

Day of mourning

All buildings in the city will have flags lowered to their mid-length, said Mayor Lori Lightfoot, speaking after Brown and declaring Sunday an official day of mourning.

Lightfoot urged an end to the ongoing bickering over police reform over whether the police are over-regulated or have been given carte blanche.

“Stop. Just stop, ”Lightfoot said. “This constant conflict is not what we need right now. “

While the mayor declared “we must continue the path to achieve a constitutional and responsible police”, she insisted on the fact that “the police are not our enemy”.

She continued, “They are human, just like us. Flawed, just like us. … But also risking their lives every day for our safety and security.

Chicagoans, she said, should remember the danger police officers face every day.

“When you see a policeman say ‘thank you’,” said Lightfoot. “Just say, ‘thank you’. “



Mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke to reporters on Sunday morning about the gunshot death of a police officer and injuries on another Saturday night. She urged all residents to remember that “the police are not our enemy”. She continued, “They are human, just like us. Flawed, just like us. … But also risking their lives every day for our safety and security.
Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

Brown said that so far this year 38 officers have been hit and 11 have been hit by gunfire.

Brown declined to release details of the officer killed at his mother’s request, noting that the department would delay releasing any information “until it’s ready.”

The 2nd officer “fights for his life”

The injured officer has been in the department for six years, Brown said. He remained at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was “fighting for his life” in critical condition, according to First Deputy Eric Carter, who spoke to reporters outside the hospital early. Sunday.

With him was Lightfoot, who said the deceased officer was “very young on the job, but incredibly excited to get the job done.” Brown had left town on Saturday to finalize details of his mother’s funeral. On Sunday, he explained that she died suddenly last week.

A Chicago police officer rubs his eyes while lining up with other officers outside the Cook County Medical Examiner's office just before a procession for a Chicago police officer who was shot and killed earlier during the 'a traffic stop at 63rd and Bell, Sunday August 8.  , 2021.

Chicago police gathered outside the Cook County medical examiner’s office early Sunday to await the arrival of the body of a colleague killed in the line of duty on Saturday night.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Ald. Raymond Lopez, whose service covers the scene of the shooting in West Englewood, took to Twitter on Sunday after the press conference to criticize the city’s response to the shooting.

“Lightfoot, Brown & Carter have to shut up and stop,” tweeted Lopez, a staunch advocate for officers. “Let the families and the police deal in peace with last night’s tragedy [without] confrontation or argument. It’s not about you or your little feelings. These are brave men and women facing collective pain, needing only our support.

Investigators believe a male passenger in the suspicious vehicle first opened fire, prompting the cops to retaliate, Brown said. The alleged shooter was then hit in a firefight, added the commissioner.

He and another suspect were taken into custody shortly after the shooting, according to police communications from the scene.

While the suspected shooter was initially taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Brown said the three suspects were now being questioned at the Area 1 headquarters. He declined to comment on what potentially caused the deadly interaction.

The Police Civil Accountability Office is investigating the shooting involving an officer, Brown said. A spokesperson for the agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Although Brown said none of the suspects appear to have “extensive” criminal histories, he told reporters that the suspected shooter was arrested for theft in 2019. He said this case has been brought to trial and has resulted in to some form of probation.

The two officers of the community safety team

The two officers were part of CPD’s community safety team, which was formed last year. The unit is meant to help forge stronger community bonds on the south and west sides. It started with around 450 agents, and 200 more were added last September.

The incident was part of a violent night in Chicago, which also saw two mass shootings in Gresham and several triple shootings. In total, at least 45 people were shot between 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

Chicago Police are working at the scene where two officers were shot, one fatally, during a traffic stop in the 6300 block of South Bell in the West Englewood neighborhood on Saturday, August 7, 2021.

Chicago Police worked at the scene where two officers were shot, one fatally, during a traffic stop in the 6300 block of South Bell Avenue in West Englewood on Saturday night.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Shooting site called “sleeping enclave”

Diana Luna, 37, was at her home on Saturday night near the West Englewood shooting watching TV with two of her children when she heard what sounded like four gunshots ring out.

Surprised, Luna then tapped into the feed from her home security camera and saw what appeared to be a person collapsing near the front of her house. The single mother-of-four had just installed the camera about two months ago, hoping to protect her children and keep tabs on a yard that had apparently been the site of recent petty thefts.

Despite these incidents, and being locked between areas with active gang conflict, Luna said on Sunday that her sleeping enclave has remained safe since she left Chicago Lawn about three years ago.

“You don’t see these things,” she said of the shooting.

Another neighbor, who did not give his name on Sunday, described the shooting as an isolated incident, saying the neighborhood is a safe haven for families that is “basically calm”.

In the Galewood Sunday neighborhood, where French apparently lived until recently, someone who lived nearby described her as a courteous and “very respectful” neighbor who usually kept herself to herself.

They said they often saw her playing with her dog in the grass in front of their apartment building before she moved out.

“It’s shocking,” said the person, who declined to share his name. “She was a very good person… she was respectful. She let us know if she was going to have a party or something that they would leave a sign downstairs, “We could have people coming in and out. ” … it was good. “

French had recently purchased a new home in the Parkview neighborhood on the southwest side in June, records show.

His neighbor, who identified himself only as Johnny R. on Sunday, was shocked to learn that the officer who died according to recent reports was the same “decent person” who lived next to him.

“It… breaks my heart there,” Johnny, 62, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “She literally just moved in.

Some of the first police calls to the scene described an officer being shot dead.

“Officer on shore,” said an officer by radio at around 9:10 p.m.

“I brought down an officer,” repeats a police dispatcher. “6-3 and Bell, officer down, officer down, shot twice, shot at police, officer down.

“Stay out of my tune, stay out of my tune,” the dispatcher continues, asking not to make unnecessary calls on the channel. “Not everyone is broadcasting, I have an officer on the ground, 6-3 and Bell, starts rolling.

An officer is heard screaming, in apparent distress, and the dispatcher says, “Give me two ambulances, two ambulances needed for two officers downstairs, two officers downstairs… Wrap these officers up going to 6-3 and Bell . I want a perimeter of three blocks, north-south, east, west.

A Chicago Police motorcade for a policeman who was shot and killed earlier during a traffic stop at 63rd and Bell walks past the Cook County Medical Examiner's office on Sunday, August 8, 2021.

A Chicago Police motorcade Sunday morning near the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office for an officer who was shot and killed earlier during a traffic stop at 63rd Street and Bell Avenue.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

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The last Chicago police officers to die in the line of duty were Conrad Gary and Eduardo Marmolejo, who were chasing a gun-wielding man in the far south when they were struck by a train and killed in December 2018. .

The last officer to be shot in the line of duty was Samuel Jimenez, who was killed a month earlier while responding to a shooting at Mercy Hospital. Three other people died, including the gunman.

Contribution : Mohammad Samra

Chicago police gathered near the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office early Sunday August 8, 2021 to honor the officer who was killed in the line of duty on Saturday night during a traffic stop at the 63rd rue and avenue Bell.

Chicago police gathered near the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office early Sunday to honor the officer who was killed in the line of duty on Saturday night during a traffic stop at 63rd Street and the ‘avenue Bell.
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