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2 Of 3 Suspects Arrested In Murder Of Chicago Cop Are Convicted Felons On Probation

Chicago, IL – Police have arrested two convicted felons in connection with the shooting death of Chicago Police Officer Ella French.

Both were on probation at the time of her murder, according to the New York Post.

A third suspect has been federally indicted for the alleged straw purchase of the gun used in the attack, WFLD reported.

Officer French, a 29-year-old, three-year department veteran, was murdered in the line of duty during a traffic stop on Aug. 7.

Her partner is fighting for his life after being repeatedly shot in the head and shoulder during the attack.

He is scheduled to undergo additional surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center, WFLD reported.

Convicted felon Emonte Morgan has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Officer French, as well as additional charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, according to the New York Post.

He was previously convicted of having robbed a 36-year-old man of an iPhone in August of 2019.

The victim chased him down and tackled him, at which point Emonte Morgan began assaulting him, police said.

He ended up being sentenced to two years of probation in November of last year in connection with the robbery charge, the New York Post reported.

Prosecutors filed a motion for violation of probation in May, but the reason for the filing has not been released, according to the paper.

Emonte Morgan’s brother, fellow convicted felon Eric Morgan, has been charged with obstruction of justice and unlawful use of a weapon, the New York Post reported.

Eric Morgan, 22, was convicted of felony theft after he and another suspect robbed four people in Madison, Wisconsin in June of 2018.

Both suspects are slated to appear for bond hearings on Tuesday.

A woman who was in the suspect vehicle at the time of the attack has not been charged with any crimes due to a lack of evidence against her, Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent David Brown said, according to the New York Post.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago indicted Jamel Danzy on Monday for conspiring to straw purchase the gun used to attack the two officers during the traffic stop on Saturday night.

According to court documents, Danzy allegedly admitted that he purchased the firearm from a gun dealer in Hammond, Indiana, and gave it to a friend in Chicago who was prohibited from buying guns due to his criminal convictions, WFLD reported.

Danzy, who is now in federal custody, made his initial court appearance on Monday afternoon.

He faces up to five years in federal prison if he is convicted, WFLD reported.

Danzy is due back in court on Wednesday.

“Straw purchasers and firearm traffickers enable violence with deadly consequences,” U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch said in a statement, according to WFLD. “Fighting violent crime is a top priority in our office, and we are committed to holding accountable those who engage in illicit firearm transactions.”

Investigators said Eric Morgan was the driver of the vehicle Chicago police pulled over at approximately 9:10 p.m. on Saturday night, the New York Post reported.

He was allegedly driving with expired license plates, police said.

Investigators said there were three occupants inside the suspect vehicle – a female and two males, according to WBBM.

One officer was standing near the passenger’s side door of the suspect vehicle and another was standing near the driver’s side door when a male in the back seat opened fire on them, sources told the news outlet.

“Officer down,” an officer radioed around 9:10 p.m., according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I got an officer down,” a police dispatcher alerted. “Six three and Bell, officer down, officer down, shot twice, shot at police, officer down.”

An officer yelled out just before the dispatcher issued another directive, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“Give me two ambulances, two ambulances needed for two officers down, two officers down … Get those officers wrapped up going to six three and Bell. I want a perimeter set up three blocks, north south, east, west.”

Officer French, who also previously served with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, was murdered in the attack.

Her 39-year-old partner was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition and remains hospitalized in the ICU, fighting for his life.

Sources told WLS he was shot three times.

One bullet lodged in the back of his head, a second exited his eye, and the third hit him in the shoulder, they said.

The six-year veteran of the department has a wife and a young son, WLS reported.

Officers returned fire, wounding the gunman, who was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition, WBBM reported.

The second male inside the suspect vehicle ran from the scene and scaled a fence at a nearby home, drawing the attention of area residents, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Three neighbors confronted the suspect near a backyard swing set.

The suspect allegedly hit one of the citizens during the encounter, at which point the civilian trio tackled him to the ground, the Chicago Tribune reported.

They held him down until police arrived moments later and took him into custody.

The female suspect also initially fled the scene, but was apprehended on Sunday, police told the Chicago Tribune.

Superintendent Brown said the officers’ bodycams captured most of the shooting, WLS reported.

Investigators said they have recovered the gun they believe was used to attack the officers.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability will investigate the officer-involved shooting, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Officer French’s murder marked the 11th time a Chicago police officer has been shot so far this year, WLS reported.

They have come under fire a total of 38 times in 2021, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Superintendent Brown noted that is a 500 percent increase from the number of officers who were shot or shot at in 2019, WBBM reported.

Officer French is the first female Chicago police officer to be killed in the line of duty since 1988, and is the fifth female officer to die in the line of duty in the history of the department, WLS reported.

She and her partner were just two of the 75 people who were shot in Chicago over the weekend, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Half of those shootings occurred in a 10-hour window, to include three mass shootings that left 16 people wounded.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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