Third suspect still sought in fatal shooting of Chicago police officerSophie Sherryon August 8, 2021 at 3:15 pm

The search continued Sunday morning for the third suspect in the fatal shooting of a Chicago police officer and the wounding of another the night before.

Chicago Police Department Supt. David Brown is scheduled to speak to reporters Sunday morning to update them on the incident.

The wounded officer remained at University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was “fighting for his very life” in critical condition, according to First Deputy Eric Carter who talked to reporters outside the hospital early Sunday.

Both officers were shot during a traffic stop shortly after 9 p.m. at 63rd Street and Bell Avenue in West Englewood. They returned fire, hitting at least one suspect, police said.

The other officer, a woman, also had been taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A Chicago police officer rubs his eyes while standing in line with other officers outside the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office right before a procession for a Chicago police officer who was shot and killed earlier during a traffic stop at 63rd and Bell, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021.
Chicago police officers gathered outside the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office early Sunday to await the arrival of the body of a fellow officer killed in the line of duty Saturday night.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

“We ask the city of Chicago to pray for both officers, their families and their fellow officers who are struggling with the facts of this,” Carter said. “It’s just another example of how the Chicago Police Department and these officers put their lives above that of others to protect this city day in, day out.”

With him was Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who said “obviously our hearts ache for the loss of life.”

Lightfoot said 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,” she said. “It’s a very sad and tragic day for our city.”

Both officers were part of CPD’s Community Safety Team, created last year. The unit is intended to help forge stronger community ties on the South and West Sides. It was started with about 450 officers, and 200 more were added last September.

Brown had been out of town Saturday to finalize details of his mother’s funeral, but released a statement.

“The Chicago Police Department has lost one of our own in an incomprehensible act of violence,” Brown said. “These officers put the safety and lives of others above their own, serving with courage and honor despite knowing the cost.”

Two suspects were taken into custody shortly after the shooting, according to police communications from the scene. The one who was wounded was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. His condition was not known.

A third suspect, a woman, was being sought by police late Saturday. At least least one weapon was recovered at the scene, Carter said.

Police declined to release more information about the circumstances of the shooting, saying more information would be available later Sunday as detectives continued to investigate.

The incident was part of a violent night in Chicago, which also saw two mass shootings in Gresham and several triple shootings. In all, at least 45 people were shot between 7 p.m. Saturday and 10

Chicago police work the scene where two police officers where shot, one fatally, during a traffic stop in the 6300 block of South Bell in the West Englewood neighborhood, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021.
Chicago police work the scene where two police officers where shot, one fatally, during a traffic stop in the 6300 block of South Bell Avenue in West Englewood Saturday night.
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Some of the first police calls from the scene described one officer being shot.

“Officer down,” an officer radioed around 9:10 p.m.

“I got an officer down,” a police dispatcher repeats. “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 continues, asking for no unnecessary calls on the channel. “Everybody stay off the air, I got an officer down, 6-3 and Bell, start rolling.

An officer is heard yelling, in apparent distress, and the dispatcher says, “Give me two ambulances, two ambulances needed for two officers down, two officers down … Get those officers wrapped up going to 6-3 and Bell. I want a perimeter set up three blocks, north south, east, west.”

About a block from the shooting, neighbors looked out cautiously from their front yards on what one resident said was a “quiet block.”

“Be careful, they’re still looking for someone,” a woman warned a neighbor as she walked by.

Dozens of officers could be seen patrolling the neighborhood and blocking streets in the area while a police helicopter flew overhead.

Officers tied blue ribbons to trees shortly before midnight near the medical examiner’s office in preparation for a procession to bring the officer who died to the morgue.

A Chicago police procession for a police officer who was shot and killed earlier during a traffic stop at 63rd and Bell drives by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021.
A Chicago police procession early Sunday near the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office for a police officer who was shot and killed earlier during a traffic stop at 63rd Street and Bell Avenue.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Outside the medical center, a large crowd of police officers gathered outside an ambulance bay. They included city, county and state police officials and supporters.

Some in the crowd held a group prayer and others hugged each other and engaged in hushed conversation. Water bottles were passed out by police personnel wearing jackets that read “Peer Support.”

The last Chicago Police officers who died in the line of duty were Conrad Gary and Eduardo Marmolejo, who were chasing a man with a gun on the Far South Side when they were struck by a train and killed in December of 2018.

The last officer shot to death in the line of duty was Samuel Jimenez, who was killed just a month earlier while responding to a shooting at Mercy Hospital. Three other people died, including the gunman.

Contributing: Mohammad Samra

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