'Our Hearts Bleed Tonight': Kane County Sheriff, Police Mourn Loss of Chicago Officer Killed in Line of Duty

‘Our Hearts Bleed Tonight’: Kane County Sheriff, Police Mourn Loss of Chicago Officer Killed in Line of Duty

Law enforcers throughout Kane County are mourning the loss of 29-year-old Chicago Officer Ella French who was killed Saturday (Aug. 7, 2021) during a traffic stop in West Englewood and praying for the life of her partner, who was also shot and is in critical condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Chicago Officer Ella French

According to media reports, flags across the city of Chicago are flying at half staff.

French being remembered with the raising of this purple and black mourning flag, which is being displayed on Kane County Sheriff’s Office and local police department social media pages.

“Our hearts bleed tonight,” Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain wrote. “Laws are the fabric of a civilized nation. Law enforcement is the blue thread that holds it together.”

Elgin and Aurora police reacted similarly.

“Our hearts are with the Chicago Police Department as they mourn the death of one of their officers who died in the line of duty last night,” Elgin police officials said via Facebook. “We are thinking of her, her family and friends, as well as all of those standing by the side of another officer who is currently fighting for his life.”

The shooting took place around 9 p.m. Saturday near West 63rd Street and South Bell Avenue. According to media reports, officers conducted a traffic stop on three people in a vehicle, when someone opened fire.

Officers returned fire, striking one of the passengers who appeared to fire at them. The condition of the man is no available at this time.

French’s death was the first fatal shooting of a Chicago officer in the line of duty since 2018 and the first female officer fatally shot on the job in 33 years.

Chicago police promised to #NeverForget.

“We will never forget the true bravery she exemplified as she laid her life down to protect others,” officials said via Facebook.

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Elgin Police Department on Facebook

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