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Published on April 23, 2024
Chicago Police Seek Public's Aid to Identify Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Off-Duty Officer in Gage ParkSource: Chicago Police Department

Police in Chicago are urgently seeking the public's help to identify a suspect in the deadly shooting of an off-duty police officer in Gage Park this past weekend. The Chicago Police Department has released video footage depicting a Black male, wearing glasses and a backpack, believed to be involved in the murder of 30-year-old Officer Luis Huesca.

The incident took place early Sunday, according to the CPD, at around 2:52 AM on the 3100 block of West 56th Street. In a grim discovery, responding officers found Huesca with multiple gunshot wounds. Despite being swiftly transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, he was pronounced dead. The assailant was reported to have stolen Huesca's vehicle at the scene, further indicating a level of premeditation to not only commit harm but also to hastily retreat from the harrowing crime site.

Huesca had been a part of the force for six years and was a member of the Calumet District (5th) priority response team. His killing marks a tragic point in the city's ongoing battle with violence, making him the third officer shot and the first to be fatally wounded this year—previous incidents in the Gold Coast and Humboldt Park neighborhoods having led only to injuries.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the suspect should "be considered armed and dangerous," a stark reminder of the perils police encounter, even when off-duty. Authorities are keen to apprehend the perpetrator to not only bring justice for Huesca but also to potentially curb the wave of gun violence that has taken to shaking the city's sense of security.

Anyone with information related to the case or who can identify the individual in the video is urged to step forward.