Correction: Despite media reports saying that Officer French had a child, her family says she had no children.
Chicago, IL – A Chicago police officer was murdered and a second officer is fighting for his life after they were shot during a traffic stop Saturday night.
The incident occurred at around 9:10 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Bell Avenue, according to WLS.
Three officers were on scene of a traffic stop when at least one of the vehicle occupants opened fire, shooting two of the officers, according to WMAQ.
The suspected shooter was wounded in the gunfight, and was taken into custody along with two other suspects.
Both officers were transported to the hospital where one was pronounced deceased and the second officer is in critical condition.
The slain officer was identified by Chicago FOP as 29-year-old Office Ella French.
Police Officer Ella French— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) August 8, 2021
End of Watch: August 7, 2021
We will #NeverForget the true bravery she exemplified as she laid her life down to protect others.
Please hold her family, loved ones and fellow Chicago Police officers in your thoughts as we grieve the loss of this hero. pic.twitter.com/kEUlNTv0Z4
Chicago Police Officer, Ella French was murdered last night during a traffic stop. She had just returned from maternity leave.— Amy Kremer (@AmyKremer) August 8, 2021
She was 29 years old & leaves behind a 2 mo old daughter.
Please pray 4 her family, especially her little girl that will grow up w/out her mother. pic.twitter.com/KcTjam3YvK
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Chicago Police Officer Ella French, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Officer Ella French, your life mattered.