THE man charged with killing Chicago cop Ella French sparked the fatal shooting when he refused to put down a drink after the car he was in was pulled over, a court heard.
Emonte Morgan, 21, was denied bail on Tuesday following a bond hearing.
Ella French was shot and killed on August 8 after exchanging gunfire with suspects during a traffic stop[/caption]
A bodycam image emerged on Tuesday showing the officers approaching a car with the Morgan brothers inside showed Emonte holding a gun in his hand after the shooting that killed Ella French[/caption]
He is charged with one count of first-degree murder of a peace officer, two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, CBS2 Chicago reported.
His brother, Eric Morgan, 22, has also been charged and denied bail. He was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice.
Emonte and Eric were pulled over by French and two other officers while on patrol at around 9pm Saturday.
Eric was driving the vehicle while Emonte was in the back seat. A woman was in the front passenger seat as well, and there was reportedly open alcohol in the car with the individuals.
French took away Eric’s car keys and he admitted he had marijuana in his possession before she had him leave the vehicle. One of the other officers then asked the other two occupants of the car to leave it.
That’s when Emonte stepped out with a drink in his hand, according to prosecutors. He was also holding a cell phone and wouldn’t put them down.
Eric then tried to flee the scene, and one of French’s colleagues pursued him. Emonte then began to struggle with French and another officer.
French and her partner had their service weapons holstered in the struggle, but Emonte had a semi-automatic handgun and shot at them several times, causing them to fall to the ground.
Body camera footage shows Emonte holding a gun in his hand after the shooting.
French later died of a gunshot wound that hit the back of the head, and her partner who was also hit remains in critical condition in the hospital.
The officer in pursuit of Eric heard the shots ring out and ran back while radioing for assistance, only to be shot at from the back of the SUV by Emonte when he approached the scene.
After the officer returned fire, Emonte and Eric Morgan tried to run, but the officer fired at Emonte and hit him in the abdomen, CBS2 Chicago reported.
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Emonte remains hospitalized after the incident that killed 29-year-old French.
Eric was later detained by neighbors nearby, having tried to leave his brother’s gun in a yard.
The woman in the vehicle has not been charged.
Emonte Morgan has been charged with one count of first-degree murder of a peace officer[/caption]
Her male colleague remains hospitalized in critical condition[/caption]