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2 Charged With Murder in Fatal Shooting of Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer

Menelik Jackson, 24, and Jovan Battle, 32, were both charged with one felony count of first degree murder and three felony counts of attempted murder

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    2 Charged in Fatal Shooting of Off-Duty CPD Officer

    Two people were charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of an off-duty Chicago police officer over the weekend, authorities said early Monday. NBC 5's Lisa Chavarria reports.

    (Published Monday, March 25, 2019)

    Two people were charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of an off-duty Chicago police officer over the weekend, authorities said early Monday as they searched for a third person of interest in the case. 

    Menelik Jackson, 24, and 32-year-old Jovan Battle, of Chicago's Little Village neighborhood, were both charged with one felony count of first degree murder and three felony counts of attempted murder, Chicago police said in a statement. 

    Jackson, of suburban South Holland, was also charged with resisting or obstructing a peace officer, according to police. He was later identified as the gunman who killed 23-year-old John Rivera in what police believe may have been a case of mistaken identity. 

    Rivera was fatally shot in the city's River North neighborhood early Saturday, according to police. 

    Chicago Police Procession Held for Fallen Off-Duty Officer

    Chicago Police Procession Held for Fallen Off-Duty Officer

    Chicago police may be one step closer to filing charges in connection to an off-duty officer who was fatally shot Saturday. The 23-year-old's procession was held Sunday afternoon. NBC 5's Kate Chappell has the latest.

    (Published Sunday, March 24, 2019)

    The shooting stemmed from an earlier altercation inside Chicago's Rock N' Roll McDonald's downtown, authorities said. Police said the gunman and a friend were involved in an altercation with a group of people from a party bus, described as Hispanic. 

    The altercation turned physical and Jackson allegedly fled the scene. By the time he returned to the restaurant, the party bus had already left, authorities said.

    That's when police say Jackson and two others began searching for the party bus and ultimately shot "the first Hispanic man that he came into contact with." 

    Fallen Officer Rivera Was Victim to Random Shooting: Supt. Johnson

    Fallen Officer Rivera Was Victim to Random Shooting: Supt. Johnson

    Chicago police lost another member of its community Saturday as a young officer, only nearly two years on the job was fatally shot in River North. According to Supt. Eddie Johnson, the incident appears to be the result of a random shooting. NBC 5's Chris Coffey reports.

    (Published Saturday, March 23, 2019)

    "He got into it with a group of Hispanics, there was a physical confrontation and he wound up murdering a Hispanic so I think that speaks for itself," Johnson said. 

    At around 3:30 a.m., Rivera was sitting with three other people in a parked Honda Accord in the 700 block of North Clark Street when two unknown males approached the car, according to police, who said one of the suspects opened fire on the car before they both fled the scene.

    Authorities said Rivera was shot in the chest, arm and mouth and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Another 23-year-old man in the car was shot in his chest and arm and taken to Northwestern where he was in "critical but stable" condition and underwent surgery Saturday morning.

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    Fallen Off-Duty Officer Rivera Remembered in Chicago

    John P. Rivera, 23, lost his life early Saturday at what appears to be a random shooting, according to police. NBC 5's Lexi Sutter has the fallen officer's story.

    (Published Saturday, March 23, 2019)

    Another off-duty Chicago police officer and a woman were also in the car, but were not wounded in the shooting, officials said.

    Rivera had been with the department for about two years, police said, and had worked his shift the night before, handling the paperwork on a murder case.

    “This appears to be an unprovoked attack against a group of individuals who went out to unwind on a Friday night,” Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at a news conference Saturday.

    Off-Duty Cop Fatally Shot In River North: Police

    Off-Duty Cop Fatally Shot In River North: Police

    An off-duty Chicago officer was fatally shot in River North early Saturday morning, police confirmed. NBC 5's Lisa Chavarria and Kate Chappell report the latest details.

    (Published Saturday, March 23, 2019)

    "There’s no problems, there’s no words exchanged,” Deputy Police Supt. Anthony Riccio told reporters Saturday, adding that police were reviewing video surveillance footage of the block.

    Johnson said Rivera was "the kind of officer that we want in Chicago. Hard-worker, who loved going out on patrol and solving problems...he helped investigate a tragic murder, helped console a family on an unthinkable loss."

    A police procession escorted Rivera's body from the medical examiner's office to the Elmwood Funeral Home on the South East Side Sunday afternoon.

    A wake was tentatively scheduled to take place Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a funeral the next morning at 10 a.m. at Annunciata Church, located at 11128 S. Avenue G, according to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

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