Brother of Man Charged With Killing Chicago Police Officer Ella French Pleads Guilty to Gun Charges

Chicago police Officer Ella French (@TomAhernCPD / Twitter)Chicago police Officer Ella French (@TomAhernCPD / Twitter)

One of two brothers charged in connection with the fatal 2021 shooting of Chicago police Officer Ella French has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

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Eric Morgan, 25, who faced charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and obstruction of justice, has reached a plea agreement more than two years after the shooting, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced.

His brother, Emonte Morgan, is accused of killing French and critically wounding her partner Officer Carlos Yanez Jr. during a traffic stop in Englewood on Aug. 7, 2021. He still faces charges including first-degree murder.

Eric Morgan received a seven-year sentence on the aggravated unlawful use of a weapon charge, which will be served concurrently with a five-year sentence on an aggravated battery charge and a three-year sentence on an obstruction of justice charge

According to prosecutors, French, 29, was driving on patrol with Yanez and another male officer when they pulled over an SUV with expired license plates driven by Eric Morgan near 63rd Street and South Bell Avenue.

French walked to the driver’s side of the vehicle and took the car keys from Eric Morgan, who admitted that he had marijuana on him, according to prosecutors. He was ordered to get out of the car.

The other officers ordered Emonte Morgan to get out of the car, and he exited with an open drink and a cellphone in hand, prosecutors said, but he refused to set those items down, and soon began struggling with two male officers.

As this happened, Eric Morgan allegedly tried to run and was chased by one of the male officers. Yanez continued struggling with Emonte Morgan at the back of the SUV, according to prosecutors.

Those two moved toward the open front passenger door, with Yanez yelling at Morgan to show his hands. As French came over to assist, Emonte Morgan allegedly fired multiple shots, striking both French and Yanez in the head.

Both brothers were eventually taken into custody.

An Indiana man who straw purchased the firearm used to kill French was also charged in federal court and has since pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison.

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