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2 charged in fatal shooting of off-duty Chicago police officer

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The latest on the Chicago-recordings of the off-duty police officer.

Two men – including one who allegedly once applied to be a Chicago police officer – were arrested overnight Monday for allegedly shooting and killing an off-duty cop and critically injuring another man.

The alleged shooter Menelik Jackson, 24, had once applied to be a Chicago cop before he was arrested at the police academy a few years ago in connection with a home invasion. On Monday, he was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 23-year-old Officer John P. Rivera, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The other man charged, Jovan Battle, is accused of a “co-conspirator” who was with Jackson at the time of the shooting. Police are still looking for a third person of interest, police spokesman Anthony guglielmi said Monday morning.

Jovan Battle, left, and Menelik Jackson, right, were charged with first-degree murder in the off-duty Officer John P. Rivera ‘ s death.
(Chicago Police Department)

OFF-DUTY CHICAGO AGENT SHOT AND KILLED WHILE SITTING IN A PARKED VEHICLE, ANOTHER MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED

The police previously said at least two people approached a parked vehicle where Rivera and the other man was, had a gun and opened fire before setting out.

At the time of the attack, four people were sitting in the parked car after having gone to Stout Barrel House & Pizza, the Tribune reported.

Rivera, a two-year veteran and a patrol officer who had finished his shift an hour before, was shot in the chest, arm, and mouth. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

His friend, also 23, was taken to the hospital in critical condition and is expected to survive. An off-duty Chicago cop and a female civilian were in the car, too, but they were not injured, police said.

Guglielmi said video obtained during the investigation did not indicate carjacking as a motive.

CHICAGO REDUCES THE NUMBER OF HOMICIDES IN 2018, BUT THE LEVEL IS STILL OUTSTRIPS LA AND NY COMBINED

Jackson was previously arrested July 2, 2017, allegedly after a break-in at his ex-girlfriend and pointing a gun at her head, the Tribune reported.

In that case, the victim told the police that Jackson told her that he would go to the Chicago police academy on the Near West Side for the flight.

Officers called the academy, and Jackson was arrested on home invasion and gun charges. Court records show he later pleaded guilty to a felony cost of attempted burglary and was sentenced to probation, the Tribune reported.

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Chicago, the nation’s third largest city, is reeling from widespread killings and gun crime, still the crime capital of the country.

Although the city managed to reduce the number of homicides in 2018 — in comparison with the previous two years — more people were killed in the city than in Los Angeles and New York City together.

The Chicago police reported 561 murders were committed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018, in comparison with 660 murders in 2017 and more than 770 in 2016, that meant a 19-year high and a national spotlight on Chicago’s persistently high rates of armed violence.

Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis contributed to this report.

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