Aurora Remembers Henry Pratt Shooting, After Similar Shooting Takes Place In Philadelphia

Andy Dahn
August 15, 2019 - 10:29 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Police in Philadelphia said officers serving an arrest warrant took fire Wednesday, leaving several wounded - a shooting that came five months after a similar shooting in Rockford.

McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Keltner was fatally shot while helping to serve a warrant at a Rockford hotel in March.

At the time, Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana called the 35-year old "a hero."

"I want to thank the local law enforcement and federal law enforcement on how well we were able to assemble today and bring this person to apprehension," Caruana told reporters after the shooting. "This shows the danger these officers face on a daily basis."

With officers in Philadelphia recovering, police in west suburban Aurora are remembering. Six people were killed and six officers were wounded in the Henry Pratt workplace shooting six months ago, when Chief Kristen Ziman recalled her department's bravery in the face of danger.

"We were actually having to hold people back," Ziman said. "The Fire Chief said, 'we need to wait, we have fire teams going in there.' That was the mentality in that moment and I could not be more proud of those police officers. We had a job to do that day and we did it."