A Chicago police officer was killed and another seriously injured during a traffic stop that turned out to be fatal on Saturday night, authorities said.
“Tonight Chicago mourns the loss of one of its bravest and best and we have another officer fighting and fighting for his life,” Carter said.
Officers had stopped a vehicle on 63rd and Bell Avenue in the Wet Englewood neighborhood around 9 p.m. when one of the three passengers opened fire, Deputy First Superintendent Eric Carter said. during a press briefing.
The cops fired back, hitting one of the passengers, according to Carter.
The two officers were taken to a Chicago hospital, with a female officer dying of her injuries. A male officer was still hospitalized, officials said. Neither has been identified.
The status of the passenger who was shot was not disclosed, but police said the other two passengers were in custody and a gun was recovered from the scene.
The investigation is ongoing and more details will be released on Sunday, officials said.
“This is just another example of how the Chicago Police Department and these officers put their lives above the lives of others to protect this city day in and day out,” Carter said.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot offered his condolences to the family of the slain officer, whom she described as “very young at work but incredibly excited to get the job done”.
“We must remember every day that our officers are fearless in the face of danger,” she said. “They are running into danger to protect us – we can never forget that.”