Chicago Officer Killed Another Critically Wounded in South Side Attack

Tragedy in Chicago over the weekend as two Chicago Police officers were shot, one died and the other in critical condition. Officer Ella French was shot and killed in the West Englewood neighborhood in Chicago’s infamous South Side.

Chicago Police Department First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter spoke outside the hospital where Officer French’s partner, who has yet to be named, is lying in critical condition.

Deputy Superintendent Carter said, “This evening, Chicago mourns the loss of one of its bravest and finest, and we have another officer who is struggling and fighting for his very life.” Carter said that his department is suffering the loss of Officer French.

Carter asked the city of Chicago, on behalf of the Chicago Police Department, “to pray for both officers, their families, their fellow officers who are struggling with the facts of this.” He said, “This is just another example of how the Chicago Police Department and these officers put their lives above that of others to protect the city day in and day out, selflessly.”

According to Carter, the officers were shot while conducting a routine traffic stop at around 9:00 pm neat 63rd and Bell. He said there were two men and one woman in the car. During the traffic stop, one of the occupants of the vehicle shot at the two officers, who returned fire.

The two men are in custody. One of the men was wounded and is in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center. The police say they are still searching for the woman.

The Chicago Police Department shared a moving tribute for 29-year-old Officer Ella French. Officer French was a three-year Chicago police officer who reportedly just came back from maternity leave.

Mayor Lightfoot said, “Today is an official day of mourning for the city. We lost a young officer. I offer my condolences to her mother, brother, family, and friends. Please keep this officer, the officer in the hospital, and CPD in your prayers.”

However, Chicago Mayor Lightfoot didn’t blame the suspects who Deputy Superintendent Carter said had an extensive criminal history. Mayor Lightfoot instead blamed an inanimate object. “Some say we don’t do enough for the police. Others say we do too much. All of this must stop. We have a common enemy: it’s guns & the violence they bring.”

Carter said these officers need to be respected. This attack comes as Chicago Police Officers “go out here and do their jobs thanklessly,” said Carter. “They do it without asking for anything. They do it because they love it. They do it because it’s something a higher calling for. And they do it because it’s the right thing to do.”


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