Two Chicago brothers have been arrested after police say they were involved in the fatal shooting of Chicago police officer, Ella French.
Emonte Morgan, 21, and his older brother, Eric Morgan, 22, were allegedly in a car with an expired license tag when French pulled them over in the 6300 block of South Bell Avenue, on the southwest side of the city. Fox 8 reports that Emonte Morgan fired shots at French, which ultimately killed her and left her fellow officer in critical condition.
Police said one other passenger was in the car with the suspects, who has been identified only as a female. She hasn’t been charged due to insufficient evidence. Police have confirmed that the suspect’s weapon was recovered.
“As soon as we get all of the offenders interviewed and they are all cooperating, we’ll have confirmation on the role each person played,” Brown said. When asked why officers initiated the traffic stop in the first place, Supt. Brown said they will rely on suspect interviews.
“What we believe is the interviews with the offender will reveal from their statements to us all of that information, so we’re going to withhold us guessing at why the stop happened and really listen for what the offenders are saying since they’re being interviewed now,” Brown said. All three suspects were still being interviewed late Sunday.
Brown said the suspect who police believe fired the gun has “a criminal background for robbery” but said none of the offenders has an extensive criminal background. Police did not release the reason for the traffic stop, saying more information would be revealed in the investigation. “Much of what happened was caught on body camera. We do know that,” Brown said. We’ve reviewed the body cam, and we have more review to go.”
“Depsite the shock, grief pain and sorrow we feel this morning, our brothers and sisters in blue put the uniform on each and every day. They go to work risking everything to serve the people of Chicago,” Chicago Police Department Supt. David Brown said. “They’re willing to sacrifice their lives to save the lives of perfect strangers.” Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared a day of mourning Sunday.
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