Officer’s gun taken in fatal Chicago shooting: sources

A Chicago police officer who was killed outside his home Sunday after returning from his shift was robbed of his gun and car during the attack, ABC station WLS reported Monday.

The slain 30-year-old officer, Lewis M. Huesca, was shot multiple times in the Gage Park neighborhood of southwest Chicago, Police Superintendent Larry Snelling said at a news conference Sunday.

Huesca was still in uniform when he was fatally shot, Snelling said. He was killed two days before his 31st birthday, the superintendent said.

Based on multiple sources, WLS reports The officer’s firearm was later confiscated. The Chicago Police Department has not yet confirmed the information.

No arrests have been made and investigators were working Monday to identify a suspect or suspects in the killing.

Snelling said the officer’s vehicle, a gray 2018 Toyota 4runner with Illinois plates, was also involved in the incident.

Chicago Alderman Ray Lopez — who represents Chicago’s 15th Ward, which includes Gage Park — told WLS that police found a vehicle matching the description of Huesca’s car about a mile away in the alley where the officer suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

“The vehicle was found in the alley here, we believe it’s the officer’s,” Lopez said. “If it was a carjacking, there might be evidence inside.”

Chicago police had no comment on the vehicle seized Monday.

Snelling said Sunday that detectives are working to determine whether the officer was killed in the carjacking.

“We can’t confirm that at this time, but detectives are working. What we do know is that the officer’s vehicle was taken,” Snelling said. “But to get to the full motive of what happened, we need more information and the detective division is working on that.”

But John Catanzara, president of the Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago, suggested in a video statement that Huesca was the victim of a carjacking.

“They had to execute him because he was a Chicago police officer and they didn’t want to get caught,” Catanzara said in the video. “If they do this to a Chicago police officer (why) would anyone think the average citizen has a chance in any of these situations because you don’t.”

According to the police, the shooting took place on Sunday, at 02:53 am, on West 56th Street, near South Kedze Avenue, in the Gegi Park area. Officers responding to a firearms alert found the fatally wounded officer lying outside suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, the statement said.

Huesca, a six-year veteran of the CPD, was in uniform but had his jacket on at the time he was shot, Snelly said.

“Our officer went home after duty,” Snelling said. “While returning home, the officer was shot several times.”

According to WLS, Huesca was shot outside the home.

According to a police radio transmission of the incident provided by Broadcastify.com, witnesses saw a brown Jeep Cherokee speeding away from the scene of the shooting.

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson said Huesca worked for the 5th Police District as a member of the Priority Response Team. Snelling said the officer is survived by his mother and uncle.

It was the second time in less than a year that a 5th District officer was killed under similar circumstances.

On May 6, 2023, Officer Arana Preston had just finished his shift and was still in uniform when he was shot and killed while walking home at approximately 1:42 a.m., according to Chicago Police. A firearm was also taken from Preston after he was shot, police said.

Four teenagers have been charged with murdering 24-year-old Preston, according to court documents.

The four suspects were “looking for victims” that night and are believed to be connected to multiple robberies and carjackings in the hours before Preston’s murder, police said.

Meanwhile, a video has emerged of Huesca handing over officer Andres Vazquez-Laso, 32, who was fatally shot last year. He was shot on March 1, 2023, also in the Gage Park neighborhood. Vazquez-Lasso was killed after exchanging gunfire with a man who allegedly chased a woman down the street with a gun, police said.

“Whether he was on the job or off the job, he could take the time to help others. He’s one of those guys who actually deserved that star. He’s very proud to wear that star,” Huesca said of Vazquez-Lasso in the video.

Huesca added: “I hate both injustice and lawlessness. That’s why I became a police officer.”

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