Update: Chicago man charged in shooting of Oak Park Police officer
April 10, 2021 – A 26-year-old Chicago man (DOB July 16, 1994) has been charged in the shooting of an Oak Park Police officer during a traffic stop Thursday morning (April 8) on Harlem Avenue by the Eisenhower Expressway.
Enrique R. Rosa, of the 2200 block of West Monroe Street, who was wounded when the officer returned fire, was charged last night with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm.
The officer, whose name has not been released because of privacy concerns, sustained a gunshot wound to his arm. He was released today from Loyola Medical Center and is recovering at home.
According to investigators, Oak Park Police stopped Rosa’s car at about 7 a.m. because it matched the description of a vehicle whose driver was suspected of having been involved in a domestic dispute moments before in Forest Park.
The charges allege that after Rosa’s car stopped, he got out of the vehicle and began to fire a handgun at the Oak Park Police officer as he was exiting his squad car.
The officer returned fire, striking Rosa twice in the leg. Rosa also was taken to Loyola Medical Center where at last report he remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds.
A bond hearing for Rosa is scheduled for tomorrow at the Criminal Court Building, 2600 S. California Ave., in Chicago. If convicted, he could face up to eight years in prison for each count of attempted murder and a minimum of six years in prison for the count of aggravated discharge of a firearm.
“This incident illustrates the dangerous and unpredictable challenges officers face each and every day as they serve and protect our community,” said Oak Park Police Chief LaDon Reynolds.
“The prevalence of firearms and the ease with which they can be obtained makes being a police officer a risky profession. But many still choose to serve because of their dedication and desire to make a difference by literally putting their lives on the line for the greater good. I salute the officer wounded in this incident and wish him – and his family – a speedy recovery from this traumatic experience.”
Per standard Oak Park Police policy, the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force was called in to assist with the investigation of the shooting. The state Task Force’s role is considered routine when an officer is involved in a shooting, according to Police.
The last time an Oak Park Police officer was shot in the line of duty was in 1983.