The cop killed during a weekend traffic stop in Chicago was a 29-year-old woman with three years on the force, according to police and social media.
Ella French was identified by the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police in a post on Facebook on Sunday morning — hours after city officials said she and another officer were hit by gunfire on the city’s South Side.
“Officer Ella French was murdered while conducting a traffic stop with her partners,” according to the post on the page of Chicago FOP Lodge No. 7, the city’s largest police union.
Chicago Police Officer Ella French, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop.Twitter
Officer Ella French had been on the police force for three years.Facebook
French, who has yet to be identified by city officials, had been with the Chicago Police Department since April 2018, CPD Superintendent David Brown said.
Brown said French’s mother requested that her name not be released.
A Chicago police procession for the body of Officer French as it was driven to Cook County Medical Examiners Office on August 8, 2021.Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP
The other shot cop is fighting for his life in the hospital, authorities said.
According to police accounts, French and two other officers had just stopped a vehicle at 63rd Street and Bell Avenue when one of its three passengers began firing. Officers returned fire, injuring one of the passengers, while the two cops were shot.