Who Was Ella French? Chicago Cop Killed in the Line of Duty 'Wanted to Do Good'

A female police officer in Chicago who was killed in the line of duty on Saturday night "wanted to do good for the world," her brother said.

Ella French, 29, was identified as the officer who was fatally shot during an exchange of gunfire after a traffic stop, in a post on the Chicago Police Department's Facebook page on Sunday evening.

"We will never forget the true bravery she exemplified as she laid her life down to protect others," the department said.

"Please hold her family, loved ones and fellow Chicago Police officers in your thoughts as we grieve the loss of this hero."

The department also asked for prayers for French's "wounded partner, who is in the hospital fighting for his life."

French's brother, Andrew French, told the Chicago Sun-Times that his sister "always wanted to make a difference."

"I was never surprised when she said she was going to be a sheriff and then a cop. It just made sense," he added.

Andrew French said their mother, who adopted both siblings, instilled in them the importance of kindness and helping others. "She raised us to be of service. To care. To have integrity," he said.

His sister was not married and didn't have any children, he added, contrary to reports on social media.

She and an unidentified male officer were shot after officers stopped a vehicle with two men and a woman inside in the West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago's South Side at around 9 p.m. on Saturday.

A male passenger opened fire, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said during a Sunday news conference.

The officers returned fire, striking one of the suspects, Brown said. All three suspects are now in custody, but police have yet to identify them or release details about charges.

He said investigators are reviewing police body camera footage, and a gun was also recovered at the scene.

French had been with the Chicago Police Department since April 2018, while her wounded colleague had six years with the department, Brown said.

When asked about the injured officer's condition, Brown told reporters he was "critical." He added: "We need your prayers."

Ella French
Chicago Police officer Ella French was killed in the line of duty on August 7. Chicago Police Department

Brown also commended Chicago officers who returned to work despite the tragedy.

"I'm asking Chicago to wrap their arms around our police officers today and encourage them to continue their great work in protecting us all," he said.

At the news conference, Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared Sunday an official day of mourning and said all city buildings would have flags lowered to half-staff.

She also called for an end to the acrimony over police reform.

"There are some who say we do not do enough for the police, and that we are handcuffing them from doing their jobs," she said. "There are others who say we do too much for the police and that we never hold them accountable for what they do, particularly in Black and brown neighborhoods.

"To all of this, I say stop. Just stop. This constant strife is not what we need in this moment."

Lightfoot added: "The police are not our enemies. They're human just as we are…We must come together. We must unite. We have a common enemy: It's the guns and the gangs."

The shooting of the officers occurred during yet another weekend of violence in Chicago, with at least 66 people shot, 10 of them fatally, ABC7 reported.

The last Chicago officer shot dead in the line of duty was Samuel Jimenez, who was killed after responding to a shooting at a hospital in 2018.