Prosecutor: Suspects Partied After Killing Officer
September 20, 2011
A South Side man seeking to avenge an earlier shooting killed Chicago Police Officer Alejandro "Alex" Valadez in a volley of bullets, then drove to a friend's house where he partied with his buddies, prosecutors told jurors today as his trial opened.
Shawn Gaston, 22, is the first of three alleged gang members to go to trial in the fatal shooting of Valadez in June 2009 as he investigated a call of shots fired in the Englewood neighborhood. Eric Walker and Christopher Harris will go to triel next.
Valadez, 27, was questioning a man on the street when Walker slowed the car and Gaston leaned out of the front passenger window and opened fire. The officer, who was in plainclothes and wearing a ballistic vest, duty belt and his police star, was struck in the head and leg.
Source: Chicago Tribune.
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Hugh Martin @ 9/20/2011 10:05 PM
Chicago needs to have a Chicago Police Officer as the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. The police need to have a leader who knows the streets of the Chicago and who would command the respect of the officers. Having two outsides leading the Department is just wrong. Certainly, with over 13,000 officers in Chicago there must be both men and women who are capable of assuming the role of Police Superintendent! Get rid of the latest (New Yorker) outsider, and get a real Chicago Police Offier in the command of this once great police department.
Janet @ 9/21/2011 8:58 AM
I'm sorry for the lost of another good police officer. We as Americans need to adopt some of the rules in other foreign countries about committing crimes. Do away with these so call gang bangers. If they want to kill someone send them to war.
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