The mother of two brothers charged in connection with a shooting that left one Chicago police officer dead and another critically wounded was arrested Tuesday after she tried to enter the hospital room of one son who was wounded in an exchange of gunfire during the fatal confrontation, according to Oak Lawn police.
Police in the suburb said they responded to a disturbance call at Advocate Christ Medical Center at about 8:30 a.m. Evalena Flores, identified as the mother of the brothers, allegedly tried to enter the room of Emonte Morgan, 21, who is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, and weapons offenses in the killing of Chicago police Officer Ella French.
Two Chicago police officers outside Morgan’s room and one of the hospital’s officers stopped her, but in doing so, she allegedly kicked the hospital officer in the groin, according to authorities.
Flores continued to resist while demanding to see her son, police said.
Flores was charged with misdemeanor offenses that include battery, resisting a peace officer and criminal trespassing, police said. Flores is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 15 at the Bridgeview Courthouse.
A Facebook live video posted to an account under the name “Marsia Outofthebox Braidy” about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday shows a woman filming her perspective of entering what appears to be a hospital. Oak Lawn Police Division Chief Gerald Vetter said the video “is of interest to our investigation.”
“I’m trying to see my son,” the woman can be heard saying in the video. “Emonte Morgan. My son. I want to see my son.”
“Monte! Monte!” she screams as she appears to rush down a hallway. As uniformed officers approach her, she can be heard yelling, “Don’t touch me! Get away from me! … Please let me see my son!”
Someone else is then heard saying, “Put your hands behind you. You’re under arrest.”
“Monte, I love you!” the woman can be heard crying out as she appears to be ushered away.
On Saturday night, French and her partner had their service weapons holstered when Emonte Morgan allegedly shot them both at close range during a struggle during a traffic stop in West Englewood. He is accused of then exchanging fire with a third officer before running and giving the weapon to his brother Eric, 22.
Emonte eventually collapsed with two gunshot wounds, Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday. He was taken to the hospital in Oak Lawn.
Eric Morgan faces weapons charges as well as a count of obstruction of justice. Both men were ordered held without bond in separate hearings Tuesday.
French died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Her wounded partner was still in critical condition Tuesday, with a bullet lodged in his brain as well as gunshot wounds to the eye and shoulder, prosecutors said.
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