Chicago Police Department has officially announced the death of one of their member who was shot in the head during a traffic stop.
29-year-old Ella French was shot while initiating a traffic stop on Saturday evening at approximately 9:08 p.m. in the city’s West Englewood neighbourhood.
According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office French’s death was a homicide after she was shot in the head.
Speaking in a news conference about the shooting, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said officers had halt a vehicle conveying two men and a woman when one of the male passengers opened fire on the officers.
Officers fired back and shot one of the passengers who appeared to be the shooter. The injured suspect was taken into custody.
According to Brown one of the officers was also shot and remains in critical condition at a Chicago hospital.
French is the first Chicago police officer to be killed in the line of duty since 2018 when officers Conrad Gary and Eduardo Marmalejo were struck and killed by a Metra train while responding to a shot fired.
She joined the department in April 2018 and since then has being a member of the department's Community Safety Team and had been on the force for nearly four years.
The other two suspect present at the scene has been taken into custody. The second suspect was taken into custody at the scene while the third suspect was located and arrested early Sunday, Chicago police disclosed.
Currently, no charges have been filed.
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