An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder and multiple other counts stemming from the fatal shooting Wednesday of Chicago police Officer Andres Vasquez-Lasso.
Steven Montano is facing charges of first-degree murder, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated discharge of a firearm and two additional misdemeanors, the Chicago Police Department announced Thursday.
Montano allegedly killed Vasquez-Lasso during a close-range shootout as Montano was being pursued by police in the Gage Park neighborhood just before 5 p.m. Wednesday.
According to police, Vasquez-Lasso and other officers were called to the area following a report of a woman who was being chased by a man carrying a gun. At the scene, police said, Vasquez-Lasso located Montano and began chasing him on foot before the shooting occurred.
While Vasquez-Lasso was struck multiple times and later died, he was able to fire his own weapon, striking Montano in the head, according to Chicago police Superintendent David Brown. Montano was hospitalized in critical condition.
Montano has a hearing scheduled Friday in bond court, though it is unclear whether he’ll be able to attend due to his injuries.
Vasquez-Lasso’s family launched a GoFundMe Thursday to help cover funeral costs and provide support for his loved ones.
“We are deeply saddened to share the news that one of our brave police officers, Andres Vasquez-Lasso, has passed away in the line of duty,” his family wrote on the site. “Andres was a dedicated and courageous officer who served our community with honor and distinction. We are grateful for his service and will always remember his sacrifice.”