Man admitted to killing policeman during traffic stop
CHICAGO – A man accused of murdering a Chicago police officer admitted to investigators he pulled his handgun from his belt during a traffic stop and opened fire, a prosecutor told a judge on Tuesday.
At a bail hearing for Monty Morgan, Cook County Assistant District Attorney James Murphy provided the most details so far on weekend traffic stop in which Constable Ella French was killed and another officer was seriously injured. A third officer fired back at Morgan, who did not attend Tuesday’s hearing because he remains hospitalized.
At the end of the hearing, Cook County Judge Arthur Willis ordered Morgan – previously identified as Emonte Morgan – to be held without bail for first degree murder of a peace officer, attempted murder of two other agents, illegal use of a weapon and aggravation of illegal use of a weapon.
“They didn’t draw their guns, they weren’t shooting at him, and (Morgan) shoots and kills one mercilessly, and the other is in critical condition,” Willis said.
Police have stopped the SUV Morgan was in because of expired plates. Morgan, 21, from Chicago, and his 22-year-old brother, Eric, who drove, First followed the officers’ instructions, handing over the vehicle keys and getting out of the SUV. But the situation worsened after Monty Morgan refused to put down a drink and the cell phone he was holding, Murphy said.
“He started to physically pull his arms away from the officers,” Murphy said.
Police body camera images show Morgan had a handgun hidden in his belt, Murphy said. As he struggled with the police, he began firing several shots, once hitting the 29-year-old Frenchman in the head and a 39-year-old officer whose name has not been revealed to the eye. right, right shoulder and brain.
Both officers fell to the ground face-up, their body cameras still recording, Murphy said. At one point, Morgan was seen to step over the injured 39-year-old officer before disappearing.
Meanwhile, Eric Morgan had fled during the fight and the third officer pursued him, Murphy said. When this officer heard gunshots he ran back and exchanged shots with Monty Morgan before falling to the ground.
Eric Morgan also ran back, and his brother then handed the gun to him, according to court documents. The third officer got up and shot Monty Morgan again, hitting him in the abdomen.
Murphy said Monty Morgan made a video statement in which he admitted to drinking, having a gun and opening fire on two officers. A first court appearance is scheduled for August 16.
In a separate bail hearing Tuesday afternoon, a judge ordered Eric Morgan to be held without bail. Eric Morgan, who authorities say was captured in a yard where he ran to throw his brother’s gun, is charged with aggravated illegal use of a weapon, illegal use of a weapon by a criminal and obstruction of justice.
A third man, Jamel Danzy, 29, of Indiana, is accused of supplying the semi-automatic handgun used in the shooting. He is accused of purchasing the gun from a licensed arms dealer in Hammond, Indiana in March and supplying it to an Illinois resident whom he knew he could neither buy. nor possessing weapons by reason of a felony conviction.
French was the first Chicago police officer to die of a gunshot while on duty in nearly three years.
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