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‘Shock, grief and outrage’

Southwest Siders react to slaying of police officer

By Tim Hadac

Southwest Siders reacted to the news of the slaying of a police officer with a range of emotions earlier this week.

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Officer Ella French, who had served with CPD since 2018, was described by her brother as a humanitarian, a Good Samaritan and a “very caring person.” –Supplied photo

“Shock, grief and outrage—I’ve gone from one feeling to another in just a matter of hours,” said Janice Gudauskas, one of dozens of people weighing in on social media on Sunday. “At this moment, I feel enraged, and I don’t know what to do with this anger.”

Juanito Rivas said the killing of Officer Ella French “is like hearing a close friend died. It’s a gut punch. I look at a photo of her and I see the face of my sister, my cousin, my neighbor. This is hard to handle.”

French and her CPD partner were conducting a traffic stop at 9:08 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 near 63rd and Bell when one of the three people in the vehicle opened fire. French and her partner were struck, and their return fire struck one of the three occupants of the vehicle.

Both French and her partner were rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m. Her partner, reportedly shot in the eye, was listed in critical condition.

Last spring, the 29-year-old French purchased a home in the Ashburn neighborhood, a few blocks east of Scottsdale. She reportedly described herself as a Scottsdale resident. In response, Scottsdale Neighborhood Watch members made and tied blue ribbons to light poles on 83rd Street, from Pulaski to Cicero, as a tribute to their adopted sister.

“We consider Officer French to be one of us,” SNW President Jason Huff said. “Losing her is painful to Scottsdale.”

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Officers bowed their heads and prayed outside the hospital where Officer Ella French and Officer Carlos Yanez were brought after the shooting. –Photo courtesy of CPD

Two charged in the aftermath

One of the two men in the vehicle was struck by gunfire from either French or her partner, CPD officials said. He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was initially listed in stable condition.

Both men—brothers–were charged with crimes. The third person, a woman, was in custody but had not been charged as of Tuesday morning.

Charged with first-degree murder was 21-year-old Emonte “Monty” Morgan, of the 1200 block of North Cleveland. He also was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, as well as aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, as well as obstruction of justice was 22-year-old Eric Morgan, of the 1900 block of East 73rd Street.

Both were due in court Tuesday morning.

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