The partner of murdered Chicago cop Ella French, who was paralyzed in the shooting, has released a moving video from his hospital bed thanking supporters.
Police officer Carlos Yanez was shot in the line of duty while performing a routine traffic stop for expired plates in West Englewood on August 7.
Yanez, 40, was severely wounded but survived his injuries, while French, 29, succumbed to hers.
He has thanked his supporters for ‘your donations and your prayers’ in an emotional video which shows him recuperating in a hospital bed.
‘I love you all’, he says. ‘To my son CJ and my wife Brenda, I do this all for you’, he adds before blowing air kisses towards the camera.
Police officer Carlos Yanez, 40, has released a moving video thanking supporters and donors as he recuperates after being shot and paralyzed in the line of duty in Chicago on August 7
‘I love you all’, Yanez says. ‘To my son CJ and my wife Brenda, I do this all for you’, he adds before blowing air kisses towards the camera
Officers Carlos Yanez is seen paralyzed in a hospital bed after he was shot during a traffic stop
Yanez and his partner, 29-year-old Ella French, (pictured) were shot in the West Englewood neighborhood on August 7, after performing a routine traffic stop for expired plates.
Yanez was shot multiple times in the face and shoulder after he and partner French approached a car during a routine traffic stop.
The situation reportedly spiraled out of control when one of the people in the car did not to cooperate and refused to place his drink and cell phone on the ground.
‘Monte Morgan exited that vehicle with a drink in one hand and a cell phone in the other. He refused repeated instructions to set those items down,’ said Risa Lanier, Interim First Assistant State’s Attorney, Fox 32 reported.
‘He began physically jerking his arms away from those officers.’
Morgan then pulled a .22 caliber handgun on the officers and fired several shots towards the pair, hitting French in the head and Yanez in the right eye and shoulder.
‘Defendant Monte Morgan fired multiple shots, striking both Officer French and Victim 2. After being fired upon and struck, Officer French and Victim 2 both fell to the ground between the stopped car and the curb,’ Lanier said.
The shooter was later neutralized by officers who arrived on the scene as back up.
French ad Yanez had their guns holstered the ‘entire time’ of of the incident, prosecutors said.
Yanez is seen in a photo on the GoFundMe page which revealed he is facing a ‘potentially lifelong disability’
Yanez received ‘multiple gunshot wounds to the eye, brain, and shoulder, all causing a potentially lifelong disability’, according to a GoFundMe campaign set up for him.
‘In turn, we suspect home modifications, accommodations, and transportation needs to increase accessibility and quality of life,’ it states.
Yanez had much of his face and eye socket fractured during the shooting, but received surgical treatment to repair it.
‘We remain hopeful for a miraculous recovery but have to prepare for what’s to come,’ the page said.
Brothers Emonte, 21, and Eric Morgan, 22, were arrested and charged with French’s murder, but an ABC 7 report found that Emonte was actually supposed to be behind bars that day.
Emonte was charged with first-degree murder of a police officer, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.
His brother was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice.
Emonte has been connected to a hit-and-run case from April in which a walker was struck in a crosswalk and sent flying against a stop sign.
According to ABC 7, Morgan didn’t stop driving until he struck a parked car nearly a mile and a half away.
He was freed on a personal recognizance bond in the wake of the hit and run – despite being on probation for a 2019 robbery conviction at the time.
French’s death was the first fatal shooting of a Chicago officer in the line of duty since 2018 and the first female officer fatally shot on the job in 33 years.
She was one of 10 people killed and 64 wounded by gun violence throughout the city last weekend as the city continues to suffer from high crime rates.
The Morgan brothers were said to have been driving with expired license plates, prompting police to pull them over
Chicago police union boss John Catanzara told Fox News that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had to shoulder some of the blame for French’s death due to the city’s soft stance on crime.
Lightfoot had also been criticized for incorrectly referring to French as ‘Ella Franks’ and siding with First Deputy Police Supt. Eric Carter in dismissing a traditional bagpipe service for French outside the medical examiner’s office.
Carter allegedly said ‘We don’t have 20 minutes for this s**t.’
Data from August showed murders in the city were nearly the same as the number reported last year, but shootings increased by 15% and the number of people shot in the city rose by nearly 10 per cent year-over-year.
Chicago Police Department said that there were 105 homicides recorded in the month of July.