Chicago Police Officer’s Son Shot And Killed
The teenage son of a Chicago police officer was shot and killed while visiting his family while home from college Sunday morning.
Arshell Dennis III, son of veteran officer Arshell Dennis Sr, was fatally shot when a gunman opened fire while he was sitting on a porch in Chicago’s Wrightwood neighborhood.
According to Chicago Tribune, Dennis III was a 19-year-old junior studying journalism at St. John’s University in New York. He was planning to return to the state to continue his studies this Sunday.
The older Dennis is a longtime employee of the Chicago Police Department’s organized crime bureau.
“Officer Dennis dedicated his life to make this city safer, and Arshell was a good kid, making his parents proud and studying for a promising career,” Johnson said in a statement. “As always, the men and women of the Chicago Police Department will stop at nothing to find who was responsible and bring a sense of closure and justice to Officer Dennis and families affected by violence.”
Dennis III and a longtime friend were hanging out on the front porch of a residence when a gunman approached and opened fire. He was hit in the chest and taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour after he was shot.
The 20-year-old was shot in the side and arm. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition.
As of Thursday, 436 people had been killed in the city and 2,534 had been wounded by gunfire, according to an analysis by the Tribune.
“He was a beautiful young man, full of laughs and always teasing us,” his grandfather, also named Arshell Dennis said. “It’s a deep loss, and it hurts. I wish this senseless killing would stop.”
No one is in custody.