One Chicago police officer is dead and another is in serious condition after being fired upon during a routine traffic stop on Saturday evening.
The two police officers were shot after pulling over a vehicle carrying two men and a woman in the 6300 block of South Bell Avenue on the city’s South Side at around 9:10 p.m.
They were transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where the female officer, named Ella French, 29, died as a result of her injuries.
As of early Sunday morning, a second male officer remained in the hospital “fighting for his life,” police Superintendent David Brown said.
Chicago Police Officer Ella French. Murdered in Chicago last night during a traffic stop. Leaves behind an infant daughter. pic.twitter.com/aQlFzEtQcD
— Mary H. FioRito (@maryfiorito) August 8, 2021
French joined the force in 2018 and was a part of the city’s Community Safety Team, according to reports. Additionally, she had just given birth two months prior and had recently returned to duty following maternity leave.
Two individuals were allegedly apprehended, one of them was transported to the hospital after being shot by authorities. A third suspect is still at large.
“Despite the shock, grief, pain and sorrow we feel this morning, our brothers and sisters in blue put this uniform on each and every day. They go to work risking everything to serve the people of Chicago,” Supt. Brown added in a Sunday press conference. “They come to work, willing to run toward things, toward gunfire, and they’re willing to sacrifice their lives to save the lives of perfect strangers.”
“I also want to address another issue that’s been lashing our city for far too long,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot stated. “There are some who say that we do not do enough for the police and that we are handcuffing them from doing their jobs. There are others who say we do too much for the police, and then we never hold them accountable for what they do, particularly in black and brown neighborhoods. All of this, I say, stop. Just stop. This constant strife is not what we need in this moment.”
The mayor also declared a public day of mourning in the city, adding in a follow-up tweet that “we have a common enemy: it’s guns & the violence they bring.”
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.
— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) August 8, 2021