Female Chicago cop, 24, is killed ‘fighting off armed robbers’ on her front lawn in Chicago’s South side early Saturday morning as she returned from work
Officer Aréanah Preston, 24, was found dead on her front lawn as she came home from work at 1.42am on Saturday morning
She died from two gunshot wounds and her death is officially being considered a in-the-line-of-duty killing
A females, 20 believed to have driven the getaway vehicle used for the fatal robbery arrested hours later during a traffic stop
21-yea-old female and 19-year-old male arrested with two other unspecified suspects arrested at a home Sunday night, after a 5-hour standoff with Chicago SWAT
The armed robbers had stolen Preston’s gun, but police recovered the weapon
Aréanah Preston, a 24-year-old police officer, was killed on her front lawn as she was returning home from work in Avalon Park, Chicago
A female police officer was killed on her front lawn as she was returning home from work in Avalon Park, on Chicago’s south side over the weekend.
Officer Aréanah Preston, 24, was found dead in front of her home on 81st Street and Blackstone Avenue as she came home from work at 1.42am on Saturday morning.
The young Chicago cop died from multiple gunshot wounds and her death is officially being considered a in-the-line-of-duty killing, a Chicago PD spokesperson said Monday.
Four people, two males and two females, have been arrested over the fatal shooting. They were taken into custody after a SWAT standoff Sunday night. It’s believed that some, or all, of the suspects are juveniles.
Aréanah Presto a three-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department was killed by a group of local thugs who robbed her as she returned from work on Saturday
Police have not released the names of any of the people arrested after the standoff or said if and how they were involved in the officer’s killing.
Speaking about how Preston’s body was found, Interim Police Supt. Eric Carter said: ‘The officer picked her up, put her in the back of his car, and immediately brought her to U of C hospital where she succumbed to her injuries early this morning.’
She had worked at the Chicago Police Department for three years before her death.
The Fraternal Order of Police, the officer’s union, stated online that she was killed while defending herself against armed robbers.
Aréanah Preston earned a bachelor´s degree in criminal justice and law enforcement administration from Illinois State University. She was supposed to graduate with a Masters of Jurisprudence from Loyola’s School of Law this coming Saturday
They wrote: ‘Though off-duty Officer Areanah Preston was killed while trying to defend herself from armed individuals in an apparent robbery, she died taking police action.’
Police officer Aréanah Preston reportedly, was driving home alone from work early Saturday when robbers passed her in a car and circled back, apparently thinking she was a good target.
They approached her and fired as she shot back, according to law enforcement sources. Officer Preston officer was hit at least twice and also grazed by a bullet.
The robbers grabbed her gun and fled as she lay dying, sources said.
Investigators were able to track down one suspect, a 20-year-old woman who allegedly drove a car to steal another vehicle that was used in the shooting and that was later found torched, during a stop.
Chicago SWAT also arrested 19-year-old male and 21-year-old female along with two other suspects after an armed standoff, at a house less than five miles from where Preston was shot.
Preston’s gun is thought to have been recovered by police, along with weapons found after the standoff that were converted to fire automatically with a device commonly known as a switch.
Federal authorities are testing the guns that were recovered for DNA that could link them to the killers, a source said.
Preston’s assailants are suspected of robbing other people around the same time, a source said. Late last month, police issued an alert warning of three similar robberies in the area.
While no homicide charges have been announced, at least two of the suspects, in the past have been arrested on weapons crimes.
Aréanah Preston, [L-R], died in the line of duty in Chicago. The Fraternal Order of Police, the officer’s union, stated online that she was killed while defending herself against armed robbers
Preston’s family and friends have paid tribute to the officer. Her father, Allen Preston, told the Chicago Sun-Times: ‘She was trying to make a change on this Earth.’
Preston, who lives in Los Angeles, described his daughter as a ‘beautiful soul’ who ‘always saw the best in people.’
‘This was my baby. Everything I did was for her,’ he said. ‘I don´t know what to do, right now. I´ll be dealing with this for the rest of my life.’
Chicago PD officers swarmed the area after their colleague was found shot in front of her home on 81st Street and Blackstone Avenue as she came home from work at 1.42am on Saturday morning
Chicago police and fire department officers prepare for the body of fallen police officer Aréanah Preston to arrive at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office
Late Saturday morning, more than a dozen family members gathered outside Areanah Preston´s home.
‘She was a definite role model with a career path that just didn’t stop,’ said her aunt, Sonia Rawsk.
Another aunt of Preston’s, Norma Mhoon, said in a Facebook video: ‘It weakens me to even think that she’s gone.’
Mhoon said: ‘She’s a very good sweetheart. A very nice person: educated, intelligent in every way, striving for her master’s, her goals and everything. She was just doing such a great job. And this happened to her. It’s unbelievable.’
Five people, including two females suspects have now been arrested over the fatal shooting. They were taken into custody after a five-hour SWAT standoff at a home five miles from the crime scene, on Sunday night
Aréanah Preston earned a bachelor´s degree in criminal justice and law enforcement administration from Illinois State University. She was supposed to graduate with a Masters of Jurisprudence from Loyola’s School of Law this coming Saturday.
Professor Charles Bell told the Sun-Times that she was ‘very passionate about making a difference and showing young people that policing is a profession that can make a difference in the community.’
‘She was very aware of a lot of the problems that in her opinion had manifested in the Chicago community,’ Bell added.
‘She was a reformer. She saw a problem and she was dedicated to making a difference.’