Four Teenagers 'Out Looking for Victims' Arrested After Chicago Cop Fatally Shot While Returning Home: Police
Four teenagers in Chicago have been arrested following the fatal shooting of a city police officer who had just finished her shift, officials announced.
Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Eric Carter said at a May 10 news conference that the four suspects — ages 19, 19, 18 and 16 — “were out looking for victims” when the encountered CPD Officer Aréanah M. Preston on May 6, ABC News reported.
According to police, around 1:42 a.m. that morning, Preston was returning home and still in uniform when the four teenagers pulled up to her in a stolen vehicle and at least two opened fire.
Police said Preston was able to shoot at the suspects, who allegedly fled the scene after stealing her firearm.
Carter claimed the teens may be responsible for a string of robberies and a car theft that occurred in the hours before Preston lost her life.
Officials said the four suspects currently each face charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and arson.
Police expect the 16-year-old suspect to be charged as an adult in the case.
“We join Officer Preston's family and loved ones in mourning the loss of our fallen hero,” the Chicago Police Department said in a statement. “Our hearts are heavy, but through our grief, we will carry on her legacy of service to Chicago and its people.”
Carter noted that the victim was a "beloved, daughter, sister and friend” and she “wanted to make a difference in this world" and "create a better future for Chicago.”
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