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Man suspected of shooting and seriously injuring CPD officer in Englewood charged with attempted murder – NBC Chicago

A man suspected of shooting and seriously injuring a Chicago police officer during an attempted traffic stop in the city’s Englewood neighborhood on Sunday has been arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder.

Jerome Hasley, 27, was also charged with one count of grievous bodily harm and one count of aggravated assault.

Around 2 p.m. Sunday, three Chicago police officers riding in an unmarked police cruiser were conducting a traffic stop in the 6900 block of S. Sangamon, police said.

According to the Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown, as the vehicle pulled into a dead end alley, Hasley got out of the vehicle and began shooting at the officers.

One of the police officers was hit by two gunshots, in the chest and in the left arm. This officer was rushed to hospital by his fellow officers in serious but stable condition.

The police returned fire at Hasley, punching him once. The suspect was later taken into custody and charged accordingly, officials said.

“It is heartbreaking that I had to notify our Chicago Police officers for the second time this week that another officer was shot and seriously injured in the line of duty while protecting the residents of this town,” Brown said in a tweet on Sunday.

Last Wednesday afternoon, two miles away, another Chicago police officer was shot dead while also trying to carry out a traffic stop.

According to Brown, Officer Fernanda Ballesteros and her partner were attempting to stop traffic in the 6100 block of South Paulina around 5:42 p.m. when the suspects left the scene.

Shortly after, the suspects’ vehicle slowed down and parked next to the squad car marked CPD. It was then that one of the suspects opened fire, hitting the Ballesteros in the upper body.

According to the police, she was hit in the shoulder, but bullet fragments also hit her in the head.

Ballesteros’ partner managed to get into the driver’s seat of the squad vehicle and drove her to a nearby hospital where she was initially listed in critical condition.

The suspects then fled the scene after their vehicle crashed nearby at the intersection of 64th Street and Bishop, police said.

On Monday, Ballesteros was released from hospital. Mariachi music played and dozens of her colleagues greeted her as she left the hospital.

While officials say they have identified a 28-year-old suspect in the Ballesteros shooting, he has not been charged.

NBC Chicago

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