Two brothers have been charged in the weekend shooting that left a 29-year-old Chicago police officer dead over the weekend, the Chicago Police Department said on Monday.
Emonte Morgan, 21, is charged with first degree murder in the Saturday night murder of Constable Ella French. His brother Eric Morgan, 22, is charged with illegal use of a weapon, illegal use of a weapon by a criminal and obstruction of justice.
The two brothers and a third woman were arrested by French and his partner around 9 p.m. Saturday night when gunshots erupted from the vehicle, police said. The police responded to the vehicle, injuring one of its occupants.
The exact reason for the traffic stop has not yet been specified.
“This is the first step towards justice as we work to honor our late officer and his partner,” Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said at a press conference. press conference Monday evening.
French’s partner was taken to hospital with serious gunshot wounds, but “is gradually improving,” Brown said.
The young woman in the car with the brothers was not charged for lack of evidence, he said.
The gun used “was the product of a straw purchase,” Brown said, and was illegally purchased through Indiana man Jamel Danzy, 29, who purchased the gun. legally in Hammond, Indiana and knowingly supplied it to another person in Chicago who was not licensed to own guns, Brown said.
Danzy was indicted by federal authorities on Monday.
Brown said traffic stops like Saturday’s are good for officers avoiding guns on the streets. This year alone, he said, 7,536 firearms were recovered by the CPD, an increase of 23% from the same period last year.
“Without the courageous conduct of our police officers trying to protect the people of Chicago and recover an illegally held gun, which ended up being an illegally purchased gun, but for these types of traffic stops our cities would not be. sure.
“Criminals with illegal guns drive [up] crime here and all over this country. And officers put themselves at risk to arrest suspects like this so that we can all sleep safely in our homes at night. “
French is the first Chicago police officer killed since Lightfoot became the city’s mayor in 2019, but city cops have faced a spate of gunfire in the past two years.
A total of 11 people were killed and 73 were gunned down across the city over the weekend, Chicago police said.