A Saturday night traffic stop in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood turned fatal when suspects fired at the two responding police officers, killing one who succumbed to her injuries and leaving another in critical condition.
The officers returned fire on the scene and struck one of the three suspects as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times. The injured suspect was brought to the hospital, one was taken into custody and the third suspect, a woman, remains at large according to Fox 32.
The two impacted officers were brought to the University of Chicago Medical Center where the 29 year old female officer died and the male officer remains in critical condition.
Police calls patched out describe the scene after the first officer was shot by suspects.
(Source: ABC 7 Chicago)
“Officer down,” one officer radioed around 9:10 p.m.
“I got an officer down,” a police dispatcher says. “6-3 and Bell, officer down, officer down, shot twice, shot at police, officer down.”
“Stay off my air, stay off my air,” the dispatcher requested no other calls on the channel. “Everybody stay off the air, I got an officer down, 6-3 and Bell, start rolling.”
A massive group of police officers gathered and waited outside the hospital in a show of support for their injured colleagues. Some prayed while others offered one another support. Water bottles were passed out to the crowd by police personnel wearing jackets that delineated their role as “Peer Support.”
When they received the news of the passing of the 29 year old female officer shortly before midnight, officers tied blue ribbons to trees before the fallen officers was brought to the morgue.
Chicago police Supt. David Brown released a statement Sunday morning:
“The Chicago Police Department has lost one of our own in an incomprehensible act of violence. A 29-year-old female officer assigned to the Community Safety Team was shot and killed in the line of duty Saturday night. A second officer was also shot and is in critical condition. These officers put the safety and lives of others above their own, serving with courage and honor despite knowing the cost. Please pray for the family and loved ones of the fallen officer who will now face a world without her. Please also pray for the recovery of the officer who is fighting for his life. I ask you to please hold their fellow officers in your thoughts as they process this heartbreaking tragedy. We will never forget the sacrifices these officers made to protect this city. We cannot forget.”
“Obviously our hearts ache for the loss of life,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said, adding that the officer who died was “very young on the job, but incredibly enthusiastic to do the work. We must remind ourselves every day that our officers are fearless in the face of danger. It’s a very sad and tragic day for our city.”
Unfortunately, many of the Democratic mayor’s policies are seen as contributing to a rise in violent crime in the city.
The incident is currently under investigation by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.
The tragedy occurred days after Lightfoot announced the launch of the Community Safety Coordination Center, aimed at bringing resources together to address crime under one roof in response to the continuing surge in crime, with the city seeing more than 2,000 shootings and 450 homicides this year alone.
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