CHICAGO — An off-duty officer and a woman were killed in a fiery crash after the officer fled from police who attempted to pull him over.
Supt. Eddie Johnson said officers in an unmarked SUV matched the off-duty officer’s car to a description of one that was used in a carjacking on Tuesday, CBS Chicago reported. The car was not the right one, but the off-duty officer fled.
The off-duty officer then collided with Chequita Adams, 27. According to ABC 7, both drivers were pinned in their vehicles as they caught fire. They were pronounced dead on the scene.
“This is among the most difficult, heartbreaking addresses I’ve had to make since becoming superintendent, due to the unnecessary loss of life,” Johnson said. “On behalf of myself and the entire Chicago Police Department, it’s with a heavy heart that I offer my deepest condolences to the young lady that lost her life, and her family, and the family of the off-duty police officer.”
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