Officer Ella French was assassinated during a traffic check in West Englewood on Saturday night, and her partner was injured and is still in the hospital.
Ella French was murdered and a male coworker was critically injured in a traffic stop in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday morning. French, who joined the force in 2018, had recently returned to work after taking maternity leave to care for her newborn daughter.
According to Brown, French has been an officer of the Chicago police department for more than three years.
She was 29 years old.
Officers from the Chicago Community Safety Team pulled over a car carrying three persons, two males, and a woman, near 63 and Bell in West Englewood around 9 p.m. Saturday.
During the stop, someone from inside the vehicle opened fire on the officers, prompting the officers to shoot back. During the exchange of fire, one of the passengers in the automobile was injured.
Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of Chicago, announced Sunday a day of mourning in the city, ordering all flags to be lowered to half-staff. She said, “Tragedy has struck again,”
“We mourn the loss of a young officer.”
Police Officer Ella French
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We will #NeverForget the true bravery she exemplified as she laid her life down to protect others.
Please hold her family, loved ones and fellow Chicago Police officers in your thoughts as we grieve the loss of this hero. pic.twitter.com/kEUlNTv0Z4
According to the police, the men in the vehicle were apprehended on Saturday night.
One of the victims had been shot and was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition. According to Chicago Police Department Supt David Brown, the female suspect was apprehended early Sunday morning.
According to Brown, a weapon was discovered at the site. After police discovered the female suspect, who had been missing, all three occupants of the vehicle were taken into jail early Sunday morning.
According to Brown, authorities believe a male passenger opened fire on the policemen based on early evidence. According to Brown, the individuals do not have substantial criminal histories. The suspects were being questioned by police early Sunday morning. They hadn’t been charged yet.
According to Brown, the police were wearing body cameras, and the department is analyzing the tape from the event.
The incident is being investigated by the Civilian Office of Authorities Accountability, according to police.
Tom Ahern, a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department, tweeted on Sunday evening, “Our collective hearts are broken by this tragic and senseless death of PO Ella French,”
Andrew French, French’s brother, said, “My sister’s always been a person of integrity. She’s always done the right thing even when nobody’s looking,”
He added, “She was a humanitarian. She believed in human rights. She was one of the officers on the force that thought they needed reform,”
To @Blklivesmatter & ANTIFA members who tried to make me say Breanna Taylor’s name, where in the hell are you now? Say her name… “ELLA FRENCH” you cowards. What about this woman, mother, daughter & police officer murdered? Say her name dammit! Say it!!! pic.twitter.com/8crLFV436b
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