The partner of slain Chicago police officer Ella French has been released from a drug rehab center, CBS Chicago reported Thursday. The release of Officer Carlos Yanez Jr. comes more than two months after he was injured and French wasduring a roadside check that went wrong.
Yanez wasduring the traffic stop on August 7. Few details have been disclosed about the moments leading up to the shooting, which was allegedly carried out by one of the passengers in the stopped vehicle.
Yanez lost one eye and is still partially paralyzed, CBS Chicago reported. French, 21, was the first officer to be shot dead in Chicago since 2018. His death has been mourned by many in the city.
“We will never forget the real bravery [Ella French] pictured as she sacrificed her life to protect others, ”the Chicago Police Department said at the time.
Two Chicago brothers, Emonte and Eric Morgan, have been charged in connection with the shooting. Emonte was charged with one count of first degree murder of a peace officer, two counts of attempted first degree murder of a peace officer, one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and one count of illegal use of a weapon by a criminal. Eric has been charged with aggravated illegal use of a weapon, illegal use of a weapon by a criminal and obstruction of justice.
Another man, Jamel Danzy, 29, has been accused of giving one of the brothers the handgun used to kill French, CBS Chicago reported. Prosecutors said he knew the brother couldn’t buy guns himself due to a felony conviction.
The Morgans are currently being held in a Chicago jail without bail, according to CBS Chicago.
Yanez was greeted outside his treatment center with cheers and shouts of encouragement from a gathered crowd.
While he was in the facility, the community gathered around him and his family. A GoFundMe for Yanez’s family surpassed its goal of $ 350,000 with more than 4,000 donations.
“I feel like my heart is going to burst,” Nora LaPorta, Yanez Jr.’s aunt told CBS Chicago when Yanez was released from the drug rehab center. “I think a lot of police can identify themselves, because it could be them.”