Emonte Morgan Wiki – Emonte Morgan Biography
Emonte Morgan is the man accused of being the gunman in the murder of Chicago police officer Ella French and the wounding of her partner.
On August 9, 2021, Morgan was charged with first-degree murder of a peace officer, attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer (two counts), aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of a firearm by a felon, Superintendent David Brown said in a news conference. “This is the first step towards justice as we work to honor our fallen officer and her partner,” Brown said.
He is 21 years old.
On Saturday, August 7, 2021, at 9 p.m., officers assigned to a community safety team “conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with three occupants. There were also three officers in the same car that stopped these three occupants,” said Brown. “Officers were fired upon and they returned fire. One of our officers was struck by one of the offenders’ bullets and sustained a fatal gunshot wound.” Brown says they were initially stopped over expired plates.
Emonte Morgan “struggled with both officers… the struggle went from the trunk of the car to near the insides of the car and the shots rang out from that VantagePoint, from the passenger front seat of the car, which is where he was originally seated,” said Brown.
He said the suspected gunman was also shot, and a weapon was recovered.
According to Brown, French had three and a half years on the Chicago police force. She started on the job in April of 2018, he said. Her partner, who was shot, has six years on the staff.
Emonte Morgan Arrested
Morgan, 21, was charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder of a police officer and unlawful use of a weapon, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said at a news conference Monday.
Morgan’s brother, Eric Morgan, 19, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and one count of aggravated illegal use of a firearm with a prior conviction.
Police initially said three suspects were arrested following the shooting after officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for expired plates. The third person in the car wasn’t charged.
Both Eric and Emonte Morgan are expected to appear at a 12 p.m. bail hearing at Central Bond Court Wednesday, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said.
Police said the incident was primarily captured on bodycam video, but it remained unclear if and when that footage would be released.
“We will #NeverForget the true bravery [Officer French] exemplified as she laid her life down to protect others,” Chicago police tweeted Sunday. “Please hold her family, loved ones and fellow Chicago Police officers in your thoughts as we grieve the loss of this hero.”