One Chicagowas dead, and another was fighting for his life Sunday after a shootout during what was supposed to have been a routine traffic stop, authorities said. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the officers had stopped a vehicle occupied by two men and a at the officers. He said the fire, striking one person in the car. That person was hospitalized in stable condition, Brown said.
He said it was too soon to say why the vehicle was stopped and what might have happened just before the shooting began. “It’s just another example of how the Chicago (risk) their lives … to this city day in, day out,” First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter said.
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Chicago approves civilian police oversight. Last month, city leaders approved a new layer of civilian police oversight – a seven-member Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability. The shooting rocked a department that has been the target of numerous protests in recent claims of corruption and officer misconduct.
On Sunday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot called for a day of mourning andto end the “constant strife” over the roles of police. “The police are not our enemies,” she said. “We must . We have a common enemy: The guns and the gangs.” Carter said the investigation continued, that detectives were looking at footage and had recovered a gun.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks about the shooting of two police officers during a news conference at the Chicago Police Headquarters in Bronzeville to address the overnight shooting of two police officers during a traffic stop. The last Chicago officer shot to death in the line of duty was 28-year-old Samuel Jimenez, who wason Nov. 19, 2018.
The department also considers the COVID-19 deaths of four officers last year’s line-of-duty deaths. Two officers, Conrad Gary and Eduardo Marmolejo, died when they were struck by a train while pursuing a suspect on Dec. 17, 2018. Officers Conrad Gary and Eduardo Marmolejo died when they were struck by a train while pursuing a suspect on Dec. 17, 2018.
Lightfoot said she had spent of the officer killed Saturday. She described her as “very young on the job but incredibly enthusiastic.” “Our hearts ache for the loss of life,” Lightfoot said. “This is a very tragic and sad day for our city.” This article originally appeared on Chicago police officer killed during a traffic stop, another wounded.