CHICAGO (TOC) — A Chicago man has been arrested in Iowa and charged in reference to a taking pictures in West Englewood final month that left a Chicago police officer critically injured.
Jabari Edwards, 28, has been charged with two felony counts of tried first-degree homicide.
Edwards was apprehended in Burlington, Iowa and was extradited again to Chicago earlier this month, police say.
“This arrest is a results of distinctive police work,” Brown mentioned. “It ought to function a warning to all these concerned in felony exercise that you just can not run, nor are you able to disguise from justice.”
Officer Fernanda Ballesteros was shot as she and her associate had been trying a visitors cease round 5:42 p.m. on June 1 close to 61st Avenue and S. Paulina, Supt. David Brown mentioned.
WATCH: Supt. Brown on CPD officer shot in West Englewood
The automotive they had been trying to cease at first sped off, Brown mentioned, then got here again round and slowed down so they might pull up parallel to the officers’ automotive. Then, somebody opened hearth, hanging the feminine officer, who was the motive force of the squad automotive.
“They by no means accomplished the visitors cease. They noticed the offenders do one thing at 61st Avenue, they usually 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 automobile turned, being nearly perpendicular to the cops’ automotive, after which began taking pictures,” he mentioned, citing info he obtained from high-ranking police.
Ballesteros’ associate jumped into the motive force’s seat and rushed her to College of Chicago Hospital, Brown mentioned.
WATCH: Officer critically injured in West Englewood taking pictures launched from hospital
The injured officer’s associate was additionally checked out at Northwestern after which launched, with officers saying he was not injured in any means.
On the time, Ballesteros shared a message from her hospital mattress.
“Most significantly, thanks to Officer Younger, my associate, who had my again and carried me to security. I am perpetually grateful for his fast considering 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 associate helped her in a wheelchair.
She bought out of that wheelchair to hug Officer Carlos Yanez, who was critically wounded when his associate, Ella French, was killed in a taking pictures in the identical neighborhood final summer season.
Ballesteros is one in all 27 Chicago Police Officers which have been shot this yr, in keeping with the CPD.
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