A Chicago police officer who was shot during an attempted traffic stop last week was released from hospital on Sunday.
Officer Erik Moreno was greeted by fellow officers, who cheered as he left a Chicago hospital in a wheelchair.
Moreno was shot on June 5 as he and other officers in an unmarked patrol car tried to stop a vehicle that police said was driving erratically on the south side of town. Officers followed the vehicle into an alley where a man reportedly got out and started firing. Officers fired back, wounding the man.
Jerome Halsey, 27, of Chicago, remains in the hospital. He is charged with attempted murder and heavy battery charges. In a court hearing, his attorney said Halsey has a firearms owner’s ID and a license to carry a concealed weapon, and that he feared for his life when he started shooting, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Moreno was the third law enforcement officer to be shot dead in a week in Chicago. Another Chicago cop was shot during a traffic stop a few days before Moreno and was released from the hospital on Monday. A member of the US Marshals Service fugitive arrest team was shot in the hand while serving an arrest warrant. The officer refused to be treated in a hospital.