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Charges filed in murder of Chicago Police Officer Luis Huesca – NBC Chicago

Authorities released new photos Friday evening of the suspect who allegedly fatally shot Chicago Police Officer Luis Huesca and asked anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward.

In a community alert at 10:51 p.m., Chicago police said an arrest warrant had been issued for Xavier Tate Jr., 22, wanted in connection with the Huesca murder.

Earlier Friday, a judge signed the charging documents and arrest warrant for Tate, according to records released in Cook County Circuit Court.

Court records allege the 22-year-old used a .40-caliber handgun to fatally shoot Huesca, who was found with multiple gunshot wounds early Sunday morning near his Gage Park home. Officers discovered the co-worker, who had been shot in the face, after responding to a ShotSpotter alert at 2:53 a.m. near West 56th Street and South Kedzie Avenue, according to a police report.

Huesca was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center and was later pronounced dead from his injuries. A six-year veteran of the force, Huesca had just finished his tour of duty and was returning home – and in uniform – when the shooting occurred. His Toyota SUV was stolen after the shooting, but was later recovered.

Court records show Tate, the suspect, was scheduled to appear in court earlier this week for an unrelated matter, but failed to appear. Chicago police said anyone seeing Tate should call 911 and not approach him because he is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information was asked to call Area One detectives at 312-747-8380. Anonymous tips can also be submitted at

News of the issuance of the arrest warrant comes as Huesca’s community and fellow Chicago police officers prepare for his visitation and funeral in the coming days.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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