Chicago Police Officer Shot Dead in Carjacking

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( – Officer Luis Huesca, 30, was killed recently during a suspected carjacking while on his way home from work. No suspects have been arrested yet in connection with his murder. Huesca was off duty, in uniform, and heading home around 3 a.m. on April 21st when a shot-spotter alert indicated dozens of gunshots near the 3100 block of West 56th Street, according to Chicago police.

Police found Huesca and rushed him to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he died from his wounds. He was just two days away from his 31st birthday.

A post on X by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker was lambasted by critical commentary after the governor seemingly ignored the violent circumstances of his death. Pritzker called it “a terrible loss” but referred to the assassination as “the death” and “passing” of Officer Huesca. Commenters were quick to remind him of the violent circumstances.

Chicago police released a surveillance video that shows a black male suspect they’re seeking in connection with the killing. Chicago Police Superintendent Larry Snelling didn’t say whether they believe Huesca was targeted due to his uniform or because the perpetrator wanted to steal his car. He did explain that the vehicle was stolen and found later. Huesca’s gun and badge are also still missing.

Snelling told the department that he was focused on apprehending the suspect involved and achieving justice.

Huesca was in the same police academy class as Officer Andrés Vásquez Lasso who was killed while on duty last year. Huesca even appeared in a video commemoration where he suggested Vásquez Lasso achieved “the epitome of the American dream.” He explained how his colleague had come to America as a legal immigrant and was able to help support his community with his career.

A small memorial sprung up near Huesca’s home where he was killed. The spot was adorned with flowers and lighted candles and community members held a small vigil there Sunday night, April 21st.

Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara expressed his belief that Huesca’s killer targeted him because he was a cop in uniform. He added that if cops can be killed by criminals, what chance does the average citizen have?

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