Chicago Police Officer Killed In Gang Shooting


Alejandro “Alex” Valadez was one of three siblings to join the Chicago Police Department, and in just three short years, he had established himself as a go-to police officer in a tough district, says the Chicago Tribune. Early yesterday, Valadez, 27, was fatally shot, the first police officer killed in 2009 in the line of duty. Valadez and a partner had responded to a call about two rival gangs shooting at each other.

The shooting had stopped, but a car pulled up with alleged gang members inside. Someone fired at the officers, who were in plainclothes, striking Valadez. Police Superintendent Jody Weis said the killing would “have a devastating effect upon everybody that knew him, everybody in the Chicago Police Department, and it should have a devastating effect upon all [] citizens of the city of Chicago.”

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