The partner of slain Chicago police Officer Ella French has made a “major step” in his recovery, the city’s top cop said Monday, more than two weeks after he was shot in the head during a traffic stop in West Englewood.
Police Superintendent David Brown said Officer Carlos Yanez Jr. has been transferred from the intensive care unit into a rehab unit.
“He still has a long road ahead,” Brown said at a news conference Monday, “but we are grateful for the progress he is making. Please continue to keep his family, and the French family, in your thoughts and prayers.”
Yanez was shot multiple times during the Aug. 7 traffic stop, including in his shoulder and eye, and was left with a bullet lodged in his brain. French, his partner, was fatally shot. Hundreds of officers and mourners gathered to pay their respects to French during a funeral last week.
The alleged gunman, 21-year-old Emonte Morgan, and his brother Eric Morgan, 22, were arrested shortly after the shooting and have been ordered held without bail.
An online fundraiser for Yanez has raised more than $300,000 as of Monday afternoon to help cover his medical costs. According to a message from his family members included in that fundraiser, Yanez has lost an eye and three of his limbs have been paralyzed as a result of his injuries.
“We are hoping with extensive therapy, hard work, and prayers he will see a successful recovery to get back to what he loves,” his family wrote.
In a video shared with WLS-TV last week, Yanez can be seen laying in his hospital bed and said: “Thank you for your support, your donations, your prayers. I love you all.”