CHICAGO (TOC) — The Chicago police officer critically injured in a taking pictures in West Englewood final week was launched from College of Chicago Medical Middle Monday morning.
Fernanda Ballesteros left the Hyde Park medical facility about 10:30 a.m. She stood and tearfully waved to the officers who got here to see her off, as her companion helped her in a wheelchair.
She additionally bought out of that wheelchair to hug Officer Carlos Yanez, who was critically wounded when his companion, Ella French, was killed in a taking pictures final summer time.WATCH: Officer critically injured in West Englewood taking pictures launched from hospital
A mariachi band, bagpipes and flowers additionally welcomed Ballesteros outdoors.
CPD Superintendent David Brown stated at about 5:42 p.m. Wednesday, two officers, who had been in uniform and driving a marked squad automobile, tried a visitors cease close to 61st and Paulina streets. The automobile they had been trying to cease at first sped off, then got here again round and slowed down so they may pull up parallel to the officers’ automobile and opened hearth, hanging the feminine officer, who was the driving force of the squad automobile.
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“They by no means accomplished the visitors cease. They noticed the offenders do one thing at 61st Avenue, and so they had been following them,” stated fifteenth Ward Alderman Ray Lopez, who represents the ward the place the taking pictures occurred and the place the wounded officer’s household lives.
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“Then, as they had been following them, the offender’s car turned, being nearly perpendicular to the cops’ automobile, after which began taking pictures,” he stated, citing data he acquired from high-ranking police.
Ballesteros’ companion jumped into the driving force’s seat and rushed her to College of Chicago Hospital, Brown stated.
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The injured officer’s companion was additionally checked out at Northwestern after which launched, with officers saying he was not injured in any manner.
Police sources stated a 28-year-old man with a historical past of gun violence has been recognized as one of many suspects within the taking pictures.
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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 endlessly grateful for his fast considering and swift response. You had been my guardian angel that evening,” she stated. “I’m selecting to see the sunshine on this darkish, and I’ll develop stronger, each bodily and mentally, from this tragedy.”
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One other Chicago police officer was critically injured in a taking pictures in West Englewood Sunday.
Ballesteros’ incident was simply one in every of three shootings up to now week that put regulation enforcement officers within the hospital in Chicago.
One other was a U.S. Marshal.
Whereas that is actually a cheerful second for Officer Ballesteros and her household, the officer shot Sunday stays within the hospital in critical situation. Though, he’s secure.
“To my fellow brother in blue that was lately injured within the line of obligation: Do not ever really feel alone as a result of you may have an entire line of assist from the blue household that needs you a speedy restoration,” Ballesteros stated.
Solar-Occasions Media Wire contributed to this report
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