Officer Ella French death – Chicago police officer shot dead in traffic stop as tributes pour in for hero cop

A FEMALE cop has died after being shot during a routine traffic stop.

Officer Ella French, 29, was killed and a male colleague was in a critical condition on Sunday morning following a traffic stop in Chicago, Illinois.

French had joined the force in 2018.

Officers from Chicago’s Community Safety Team carried out the traffic stop at around 9pm Saturday near 63 and Bell in West Englewood, on a car carrying three people, two men and a woman.

During the stop, someone from inside the vehicle opened fire on the police, with the cops returning fire. One of the people in the car was wounded during the exchange of fire.

Correction: A previous version of this story stated that French was a mother to a newborn baby. This story has been corrected to reflect that French was not married and had no children.

Read our Ella French live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • Katie Balevic

    SUSPECT CAUGHT BY COPS WITH ASSISTANCE OF NEIGHBORS

    One of the suspects was caught by cops with the help of neighbors, the Tribune reported.

    A neighbor and two of his other relatives reportedly confronted the suspect in a backyard, according to the neighbor’s relative who was translating for the Spanish-speaking individual.

    The suspect reportedly hit one of the three people trying to stop him, and they were able to wrestle him to the ground not long before police arrived on the scene, the neighbor said through his translator.

  • Katie Balevic

    THREE SUSPECTS BEING QUESTIONED BY POLICE

    The female suspect was arrested Sunday morning, according to Chicago Police Department Supt David Brown.

    Brown said CPD “preliminarily” believes the male passenger who was hospitalized was the one who fired on officers.

    All three suspects were still being interviewed Sunday morning.

    The suspect who police believe fired the gun has “a criminal background for robbery,” Brown said, but added none of the offenders has an extensive criminal background.

    Police did not state the reason for the traffic stop, saying more information would be revealed during the investigation.

  • Katie Balevic

    OFFICER FRENCH'S OLDER BROTHER SAYS 'GOD TOOK THE WRONG KID'

    French's brother, Andrew, told the Chicago Tribune that his younger sister – long before joining the police department – always thought of others before herself.

    “My sister’s always been a person of integrity. She’s always done the right thing even when no one’s looking,” her brother, an Iraq war veteran, told the outlet.

    “She has some attributes that you don’t find in this world anymore.

    "God took the wrong kid."

  • Katie Balevic

    CHICAGO MAYOR DECLARED DAY OF MOURNING TO COMMEMORATE OFFICE BROWN

    Chicago Mayor Lightfoot declared a day of mourning and called for all flags to be flown at half staff.

    Lightfoot said: “The officer who succumbed to her injuries was very young on the job, but incredibly enthusiastic to do the work.

    “This is a very tragic and sad day for our city, and pray for officers the men and women of this department.

    “They deserve our prayers every single day that they can return home safely to their families, unfortunately that didn't happen tonight.”

  • Katie Balevic

    CHICAGO POLICE: CITY 'MOURNS ONE OF ITS BRAVEST AND FINEST'

    "This evening, Chicago mourns the loss of one of its bravest and finest. And we have another officer who is struggling and fighting for his very life," Chicago police first Dep Supt Eric Carter said.

  • Katie Balevic

    WHEN WAS ELLA FRENCH'S 'END OF WATCH'?

    Ella French's End of Watch – a colloquial term for the date of her death – was August 7, 2021, according to Chicago Police.

    "We will #NeverForget the true bravery she exemplified as she laid her life down to protect others," the agency said in a tweet.

    "Please hold her family, loved ones and fellow Chicago Police officers in your thoughts as we grieve the loss of this hero."

  • Katie Balevic

    NYPD SENDS CONDOLENCES TO CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT

    The New York Police Department sent its condolences to Chicago's department.

    "Our sincere condolences go out to the family, friends, and co-workers of Police Officer Ella French," the agency tweeted.

  • Katie Balevic

    POLICE GO TO WORK 'RISKING EVERYTHING' TO PROTECT PEOPLE OF CHICAGO

    Cops did not state the reason for the traffic stop, saying more information would be revealed during the investigation.

    Brown added that much of the incident was caught on body camera video but that the video cannot be released yet.

    “Despite the shock, grief, pain, and sorrow we feel this morning, our brothers and sisters in blue put the uniform on each and every day. They go to work risking everything to serve the people of Chicago,” Brown said.

    “They’re willing to sacrifice their lives to save the lives of perfect strangers."

  • Katie Balevic

    HAVE THE SUSPECTS BEEN ARRESTED?

    The three suspects are in custody over the shooting death of French.

    According to the police, the two men in the car were taken into custody on August 7.

    The male suspect who was shot was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in a serious condition.

    Chicago Police Department Supt David Brown announced on August 8 that the female suspect was taken into custody.

  • Katie Balevic

    WHO WAS CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER ELLA FRENCH?

    Officer French joined Chicago’s Community Safety Team in 2018.

    The 29-year-old cop and her male partner carried out the traffic stop at around 9pm on August 7 near 63 and Bell in West Englewood.

    According to police, the car was carrying three people, two men, and a woman.

    Someone inside the vehicle opened fire on the police officers during the stop, with the cops returning fire. One of the people in the car was wounded during the exchange of fire.

    French was the first Chicago police officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty since Mayor Lori Lightfoot took office in 2019.

  • Julia Fields

    TRIBUTES FOR FRENCH AMID INVESTIGATION

    "This evening, Chicago mourns the loss of one of its bravest and finest. And we have another officer who is struggling and fighting for his very life," Chicago police first Dep Supt Eric Carter said.

    As of August 8, the male police officer, who has not been identified, was in critical condition.

    The Civilian Office of Police Accountability will hold an investigation.

  • Julia Fields

    ELLA FRENCH'S BROTHER SPEAKS OUT

    French's brother, Andrew, told the Chicago Tribune that his younger sister – long before joining the police department – always thought of others before herself.

    “My sister’s always been a person of integrity. She’s always done the right thing even when no one’s looking,” her brother, an Iraq war veteran, told the outlet.

    “She has some attributes that you don’t find in this world anymore. God took the wrong kid."

  • Julia Fields

    FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF STAFF

    Chicago Mayor Lightfoot declared a day of mourning and called for all flags to be flown at half staff.

    Lightfoot said: “The officer who succumbed to her injuries was very young on the job, but incredibly enthusiastic to do the work.

    “This is a very tragic and sad day for our city, and pray for officers the men and women of this department.

    “They deserve our prayers every single day that they can return home safely to their families, unfortunately that didn't happen tonight.”

  • Julia Fields

    BODY CAM VIDEO CANNOT BE RELEASED YET

    Chicago Police Department Supt David Brown added that much of the incident was caught on body camera video but that the video cannot be released yet.

    “Despite the shock, grief, pain, and sorrow we feel this morning, our brothers and sisters in blue put the uniform on each and every day. They go to work risking everything to serve the people of Chicago,” Brown said.

    “They’re willing to sacrifice their lives to save the lives of perfect strangers."

  • Julia Fields

    WHO WAS ELLA FRENCH?

    Police officer French joined Chicago’s Community Safety Team in 2018.

    Correction: A previous version of this post stated that French was a mother to a newborn baby. This post has been corrected to note that French was not married and had no children.

  • Julia Fields

    LOVE TO FRENCH'S PARTNER IN THE HOSPITAL

  • Julia Fields

    OTHER POLICE DEPARTMENTS EXTEND CONDOLENCES

  • Julia Fields

    MAYOR LIGHTFOOT'S COMMENTS CONTINUED

  • Julia Fields

    MAYOR LIGHTFOOT ON FRENCH'S DEATH

  • Julia Fields

    'OFFICIAL DAY OF MOURNING'

  • Julia Fields

    RIP ELLA FRENCH SIGN SEEN AT BASEBALL GAME

  • Julia Fields

    CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT TRIBUTE

  • Julia Fields

    NEIGHBOR HELPED CAPTURE ONE OF THE SUSPECTS

    One of the suspects was caught by cops with the help of neighbors, the Tribune reported.

    A neighbor and two of his other relatives reportedly confronted the suspect in a backyard, according to the neighbor’s relative who was translating for the Spanish-speaking individual.

    The suspect reportedly hit one of the three people trying to stop him, and they were able to wrestle him to the ground not long before police arrived on the scene, the neighbor said through his translator.

  • Julia Fields

    THREE SUSPECTS ARRESTED

    The men who were in the car were taken into custody Saturday night, according to the police.

    One had been shot and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition.

    The female suspect was arrested Sunday morning, according to Chicago Police Department Supt David Brown.

  • Julia Fields

    CAR INVOLVED IN SHOOTING CARRIED THREE PEOPLE

    Officers from Chicago’s Community Safety Team carried out the traffic stop at around 9pm Saturday near 63 and Bell in West Englewood.

    The car involved in the shooting was carrying three people — two men and a woman.

    During the stop, someone from inside the vehicle opened fire on the police, and law enforcement returned fire.

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