Chicago, IL – An off-duty Cook County probation officer who was eight months pregnant with her third child was fatally shot in the back outside her South Side home early Tuesday morning, according to police.
The gunman has not been apprehended.
The incident occurred at a residence in the 2100-block of East 95th Place at approximately 12:06 a.m. on Oct. 13, WLS reported.
“They weren’t quick shots,” resident Elliot Cobb told the news outlet. “We heard measured shots, and whoever did it wanted to do it.”
Another neighbor, Alan Jones, said he didn’t hear any screaming or noise, but that that he did hear at least “two shots,” WLS reported.
Chicago police responded to the area after they received a ShotSpotter alert that three gunshots had been fired, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Upon their arrival, they found 35-year-old Cook County Probation Officer Stacey Jones unresponsive on her porch.
She had been shot in the back multiple times, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The critically wounded officer was rushed to the University of Chicago hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 1 a.m.
Doctors were able to successfully deliver her baby, who was not hit by any of the bullets that killed his mother, police said.
The infant remains in critical condition at Comer Children’s Hospital, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Officer Jones’ other two sons, ages seven and 11, were inside the family’s home at the time of the shooting, according to the Chicago Tribune.
They were not injured in the attack.
According to a police source, Officer Jones had a concealed carry license and was found with a loaded gun in her pocket, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Her father, former Army Specialist Tommy Baker, said he gave his daughter a gun shortly after she turned 18.
Baker said that Officer Jones was comfortable using firearms, but that she did not ever carry one with her, the Chicago Tribune reported.
He said it was also unusual for his daughter to be outside at that hour, because she is generally asleep by 10 p.m. every night.
“She never would’ve picked up a gun and walked outside – that’s not my child. I’m still trying to figure out why would she do that,” Baker told the Chicago Tribune. “Evidently, she was worried, which is why she took the gun. But the coward shot her in the back.”
Investigators said they located graffiti with racial connotations on the side of Officer Jones’ apartment, but noted that they think someone put it there as a diversion, WLS reported.
Officers took a person into custody for questioning, but later released that individual without charges, according to WBBM.
Investigators said the shooting was not random, and that they believe Officer Jones knew her killer, WLS reported.
Police said the case remains open and active, according to WBBM.
Baker said that Officer Jones earned a criminal justice degree from Lane College in Jackson Tennessee and moved to Chicago to accept the position as a probation officer approximately two years ago, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“My daughter was a hardworking single parent. She was a devoted mother. She put (her children) in all kinds of activities – karate, baseball, wrestling. She took them to the zoo. She did everything she could for them with the money she had,” Baker said. “Family was everything to her – especially her boys.”
“Now I’ve got three grandboys without a mother,” the grieving father said, calling her killer a coward. “You took something from them. You took something from my family, from me. You took my heart, my firstborn, the sweetest little thing. It’s a loss that I’ll never get over.”
Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans said that Officer Jones began serving in the court’s Adult Probation Department in April of 2019, WLS reported.
“Our thoughts go out to her family, colleagues and friends at this difficult time,” Evans said.
A fundraising campaign established to assist Officer Jones’ children in the wake of their loss has raised over $600 so far.