Chicago Police Officer Ella French Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop in Chicago's 008th District
This report should not be read alone, but in conjunction with all other reports filed under JE329873. All information contained herein is in-essence only and not verbatim unless otherwise noted.
R/Ds were notified on 07 August 2021 by OEMC of a 10-1 at 63rd & Bell in the 008th District involving two victims, both on-duty Chicago Police personnel assigned to Unit 716 (Community Safety Team). R/Ds responded directly to scene from the area, along with all other Area Detectives assigned to this command across all investigative specialties. Upon arrival of R/Ds, both victims had been transported by squad car to University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition.
Victim #1 - Officer Ella French was shot in the back of the head
Victim #2 - Male officer shot in the head, right eye, and right shoulder
Victim #1 - French, Ella, pronounced at University of Chicago
Victim #2 - Critical
R/Ds arrived on-scene and assisted in coordinating scene security ,and search for offenders while interviewing on-scene units and other witnesses. Investigation revealed that the personnel assigned to Unit 716 witnessed the vehicle in violation of Illinois vehicle code for expired plates, and one passenger, a female, was not wearing a seat belt. Victim #1, French, Ella, was driving the squad that curbed the offender's vehicle. Offender's vehicle contained three occupants. This particular unit assigned to Unit 716 also had 3 sworn personnel assigned and present in the squad when the events took place.
Upon activating their equipment, all personnel activated their bodycams, which captured the entire stop including the actions of two male offenders now identified as Offenders Emonte Morgan, 21 years of age, and Eric Morgan, 19 years of age. Offender Eric Morgan was positively identified as the driver of the offending vehicle. Offender Emonte Morgan was positively identified as a passenger in the rear of the vehicle.
Victims Ella French and her partner approached the vehicle, and French approached Offender Eric Morgan. Offender Eric Morgan handed victim French the keys to he vehicle, and stated he was in possession of of cannabis. Victim French then had this offender step out of the vehicle. Offender was initially cooperative.
Officer #2 approached the female passenger (Passenger #3), and asked her to step out of the vehicle. She was cooperative and stood behind the curbed vehicle.
Officer #3 approached Offender Emonte Morgan, and instructed him to step-out of the vehicle. Offender Emonte Morgan was observed with a drink in one hand and a cell phone in another. This offender refused to set them down, and jerked his arms away from Officer #3. This is the point at which a foot chase ensues involving Eric Morgan and another officer.
Simultaneously, a physical struggle ensued between two other officers and Offender Emonte Morgan. Officer bodycam recorded Offender Emonte Morgan with a semi-automatic handgun in his waistband under his shirt as his shirt came up above his waist level. At this time, this offender was partially inside the vehicle with an officer over him, yelling at offender to show his hands. Victim Ella French went to the front passenger side of the vehicle to assist her partner with this offender. This is when offender Emonte Morgan fires several rounds, striking Victim ella French in the rear of the head with fatal results, and striking her partner three times as noted above.
Both officers fell to the ground, bobycams still rolling. Offender Emonte Morgan was observed emerging on camera with the weapon used in this incident in his hand as he looks around while standing above both victims. This offender is then seen on camera stepping over a wounded victim, opens a rear door of the vehicle and moves off camera.
During a foot chase involving offender Eric Morgan the involved officer heard shots and did not hear his partners give any radio traffic. This officer stopped attempting the handcuffing procedure of offender Eric Morgan, and ran to his partners while radioing for assistance. Same officer then observes offender Emonte Morgan at the back of the offending vehicle firing rounds at him. Same officer is struck while firing in self-defense at this offender. Officer then falls to ground. Same officer then saw offenders Emonte Morgan and Eric Morgan meet each other across the street, where both offenders fled on foot.
Same officer then fires at offender Emonte Morgan, striking him in the abdomen. Same officer observed offender Emonte Morgan had weapon to offender Eric Morgan, and offender Eric Morgan continued to flee on foot. Same officer then returns to his partners, finding both wounded on the ground. Multiple assisting units then arrive and load both officer into separate squads and rushed them to U of C.
Canvass of area in a two-block radius occurred immediately. R/Ds were notified by field units belonging to the Bureau of Patrol that two offenders had been detained matching the description given by CPD personnel.
Offenders Emonte Morgan, 21 years of age, and Eric Morgan, 19 years of age, were located separately from each other. Offender Eric Morgan was found in a yard south of the crime scene as the result of civilians detaining him. One civilian reported to R/Ds and responding officers that Offender Eric Morgan had struck him with a gun on the arm. Same civilian held down offender Eric Morgan's body while a second assisting civilian held down his legs. Weapon was recovered in this yard a short distance from where this scene occurred. Weapon was a .22 caliber handgun.
This portion of the investigation revealed that offender Eric Morgan had jumped a gate when he was detailed by mentioned civilians but also tried to dispose of the weapon.
Offender Eric Morgan was transported to Area-1 where offender was placed in an interview room. ERI was started prior to arrival of offender in interview room. R/Ds identified themselves and stated the purpose of the interview. Offender Eric Morgan was presented the CPD Miranda Warning and Waiver form per CPD Directives. R/Ds read form out loud to offender who acknowledged he understood his rights. Offender voluntarily waived his rights and made a post-miranda statement to R/Ds.
R/Ds contacted the Cook County State's Atty Felony Review Team who arrived at the area and reviewed the case and all case materials available at the time.
R/Ds then relocated to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and interviewed offender Emonte Morgan. R/Ds identified themselves and the purpose of the interview. Interview was video-recorded with portable camera. R/Ds presented offender with Miranda Warning and Waiver form per CPD directives. Offender acknowledged he understood his rights. Offender voluntarily waived his rights and made a post-miranda statement to R/Ds. Offender Emonte Morgan admitted he had consumed alcohol, and admitted he possessed a handgun in his waistband. Offender admitted to being at the scene, and stated he believes he had shot two officers, a male and a female.
R/Ds then contacted the Cook County State's Atty Felony Review Unit who arrived at the Area-1 Detective Division, and reviewed the case along with all available case materials.
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved first-degree murder of a peace officer, attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon related to offender Emonte Morgan.
Charging approval given for offender Eric Morgan was aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and obstruction of justice.
Female passenger not charged, and released.
The U.S. Attorney's Office approved federal charges for offender Jamel Danzy: Knowingly transferring and giving a gun to an out-of-state resident, knowingly making a false written statement to acquire a gun and knowingly disposing of a gun to a convicted felon.Bond Court for Offenders Emonte and Eric Morgan scheduled for 10 August 2021.
Danzy is in federal custody, and will be in court 11 August 2021 in the Northern District of Illinois.