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Chicago police officer discharged from hospital;  shot dead during traffic stop in Englewood


CHICAGO (SCS) — Chicago police officer Erik Moreno was released from hospital after being shot while attempting to stop traffic in Englewood Last weekend.

Family and colleagues were on hand to greet Officer Moreno as he left the University of Chicago Hospital around 1 p.m. Sunday. Officer Carlos Yanez Jr. was also present as he stood and saluted with his fellow officers as Moreno left the hospital.

His release was delayed on Tuesday after further tests were carried out after he felt dizzy.

Moreno and two other officers in an unmarked police car attempted a traffic stop June 5, in the 6900 block of South Sangamon Street around 2 p.m., when he was shot.

Prosecutors said officers saw Jerome Halsey, 27, driving erratically and his brake lights were out.

Halsey turned into an alley and continued to accelerate until her car stopped at a dead end, prosecutors said.

Officer Moreno got out of the police cruiser and was within a foot of the driver’s side door when prosecutors said Halsey “opened the door and fired a gun.”

Moreno was shot in the arm and chest. He was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center in serious but stable condition, according to the CPD superintendent. David Brown.

Officers returned fire – hitting Halsey, police say.

Halsey remains hospitalized at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with a gunshot wound to her chest and leg. He is charged with attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault and aggravated assault for shooting Constable Moreno. His bail was set at $1 million.

The Civilian Police Accountability Office has responded to the incident and is conducting a full investigation into the use of force. The three officers who were in the car will be assigned to routine administrative duties for 30 days.

Last week Fernanda Ballesteros, 27, was discharged from hospital after being shot in the head in West Englewood while also attempting a traffic stop.

So far this year, five Chicago police officers have been shot and 20 more have been shot.




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