The 18-year-old suspect in the shooting death of Chicago police officer Andres Vasquez-Lasso has been charged with murder, officials said.
The Chicago Police Department said that 18-year-old Steven Montano had been charged with murder, aggravated unauthorized use of a weapon, aggravated firearm discharge near a school, interfering with reporting domestic abuse, and assault.
Police said that Vasquez-Lasso shot Montano in the head and rushed him to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
Around 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday near the 5200 block of South Spaulding, police say Montano shot and killed 32-year-old investigator Vasquez-Lasso.
Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, David Brown, reported that Vasquez-Lasso had been shot many times.
After being transferred there, he sadly passed away in Mt. Sinai.
Chicago Police leave a tweet on Andres Vasquez-Lasso’s death:
Police Officer Andres Vasquez-Lasso
End of Watch: March 1, 2023
He died while protecting Chicago and its people. We will #NeverForget his selflessness and dedication as we continue to wrap our arms around his family and loved ones.
Together, we mourn the loss of our hero. pic.twitter.com/fnkbEsqkHd
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) March 2, 2023
Brown remarked, “This young cop had a bright future ahead of him, and this is something that no family should have to suffer.” The officer had served for five years.
Montano and two others were apprehended in the city’s Little Village district last summer after they fled a vehicle that police believed was involved in a shooting.
Once the misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest was dismissed, the State’s Attorney’s Office Felony Review concluded that there was insufficient evidence to support the felony charges against the 18-year-old.
The State’s Attorney for Chicago County stated that due to his young age and lack of prior criminal record, he was allowed diversionary measures rather than formal prosecution. The agency noted that the misdemeanor charge was dropped due to his completion of 25 hours of community service.
The coroner’s office determined that Vasquez-residence Lasso’s was about two miles from the shooting scene.
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