CHICAGO (TOC) — An arrest has been made in reference to a taking pictures in West Englewood final month that left a Chicago police officer severely injured.
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown introduced the arrest of Jabari Edwards, 28. Edwards was apprehended in Burlington, Iowa and will likely be extrodited again to Chicago the place he is anticipated to face two counts of tried homicide of a police officer.
“This arrest is a results of distinctive police work,” Brown mentioned. “It ought to function a warning to all these concerned in legal activitiy that you simply can not run, nor are you able to cover from justice.”
Officer Fernanda Ballesteros was shot as she and her companion had been making an attempt a site visitors cease round 5:42 p.m. on June 1 close to 61st Road and S. Paulina, Supt. David Brown mentioned.
WATCH: Supt. Brown on CPD officer shot in West Englewood
The automotive they had been making an attempt to cease at first sped off, Brown mentioned, then got here again round and slowed down so they may pull up parallel to the officers’ automotive. Then, somebody opened fireplace, hanging the feminine officer, who was the motive force of the squad automotive.
“They by no means accomplished the site visitors cease. They noticed the offenders do one thing at 61st Road, and so they had been following them,” mentioned fifteenth Ward Alderman Ray Lopez, who represents the ward the place the taking pictures occurred and the place the wounded officer’s household lives.
“Then, as they had been following them, the offender’s car turned, being virtually perpendicular to the law enforcement officials’ automotive, after which began taking pictures,” he mentioned, citing info he obtained from high-ranking police.
Ballesteros’ companion jumped into the motive force’s seat and rushed her to College of Chicago Hospital, Brown mentioned.
WATCH: Officer severely injured in West Englewood taking pictures launched from hospital
The injured officer’s companion was additionally checked out at Northwestern after which launched, with officers saying he was not injured in any method.
On the time, Ballesteros shared a message from her hospital mattress.
“Most significantly, thanks to Officer Younger, my companion, who had my again and carried me to security. I am perpetually grateful for his fast pondering and swift response. You had been my guardian angel that night time,” she mentioned. “I’m selecting to see the sunshine on this darkish, and I’ll develop stronger, each bodily and mentally, from this tragedy.”
Ballesteros was launched from the hospital 5 days after the taking pictures. She stood and tearfully waved to the officers who got here to see her off, as her companion helped her in a wheelchair.
She acquired out of that wheelchair to hug Officer Carlos Yanez, who was severely wounded when his companion, Ella French, was killed in a taking pictures in the identical neighborhood final summer season.
Ballesteros is considered one of 27 Chicago Police Officers which have been shot this 12 months, accordign to the CPD.
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