The officer killed during a weekend traffic stop in Chicago was a 29-year-old woman with three years of service, according to police and social media.
Ella French has been identified by the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police in a post on Facebook Sunday morning – hours after town officials said she and another officer were hit by gunfire in the south side of town.
“Constable Ella French was murdered while carrying out a traffic stop with her partners,” according to the post on the Chicago FOP Lodge No. 7 page, the city’s largest police union.
French, who has yet to be identified by city officials, had been with the Chicago Police Department since April 2018, CPD Superintendent David Brown said.
Brown said French’s mother asked that her name not be released.
The other gunned down cop is fighting for his life in hospital, authorities have said.
Police testified that French and two other officers had just stopped a vehicle at 63rd Street and Bell Avenue when one of his three passengers started shooting. Officers retaliated, injuring one of the passengers, while the two cops were shot dead.
The three suspects were apprehended, but their names were withheld. One member of the group had a 2019 theft on his criminal record, which is “not extensive,” Brown told reporters.
“It appears that none of the three offenders have [criminal] background, ”he said.
French is the first Chicago cop to be killed since Lightfoot became the city’s mayor in 2019, but city cops have faced a spate of gunfire in the past two years.
Thirty-eight officers have been shot or gunned down so far in 2021, according to CPD statistics.