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Ella French becomes first Chicago female officer to be fatally shot in the line of duty in 33 years

Ella French, a 29-year-old police officer from Chicago, was killed during an armed confrontation with three suspects, just after returning from maternity leave.

French was one of 10 people killed and her partner was one of 64 wounded by gun violence in Chicago this past weekend. French’s death is the first fatal shooting of a police officer since 2018. She is also the first female officer fatally shot on the job in 33 years. Chicago police have arrested all three suspects within the fatal shooting of French. She is survived by her two-month-old-daughter.

The two officers were fired upon after a vehicle with three suspects, 2 men and a woman, were pulled over around 9:10 p.m. in the 6300-block of South Bell Avenue. French then succumbed to her injuries at the University of Chicago Medical Center and the male officer was “fighting for his life” as of early Sunday morning, reported by police Superintendent David Brown.

This incident marks the 11th time a police officer has been shot in Chicago in 2021. Chicago has also seen 56 shootings, including 11 fatalities during the weekend of July 17, according to the Daily Caller.

ARTICLE: MAUREEN MCGAURAN

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: CBS NEWS

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