Chicago police say a man is in custody in connection with the shooting of an officer following a traffic stop in West Englewood early last month.
Police Superintendent David Brown on Wednesday said 28-year-old Jabari Edwards was arrested in Burlington, Iowa and will face two counts of attempted murder stemming from the June 1 shooting.
“This arrest is a result of really exceptional police work,” Brown said during a press conference Wednesday. “And it should serve as a warning to all those involved in criminal activity that you cannot run nor can you hide from justice. You will be held accountable and you will face the consequences of your actions.”
The shooting occurred at around 5:45 p.m. in the 6100 block of South Paulina Street, where two uniformed officers attempted to pull over a vehicle. That vehicle sped off, according to police, and someone inside allegedly began firing at the officers, striking one in the head.
That officer, who was later identified as 27-year-old Fernanda Ballesteros, was rushed to the hospital and survived her injuries.
Edwards, who police said has a criminal history in Chicago, was arrested by members of the Great Lakes Regional Task Force. He remains in custody at a Des Moines County correctional facility where he’s awaiting extradition back to Chicago.
So far this year, 34 Chicago police officers have been shot at or shot in the line of duty. Seven of those officers were actually shot.
“Brazen attacks against officers and violence in our communities is unacceptable,” Brown said.
Contact Matt Masterson: @ByMattMasterson | [email protected] | (773) 509-5431