Johnson: Gunman Who Killed Off-Duty Officer Shot 'First Hispanic' He Saw

Jim Gudas
March 25, 2019 - 1:00 pm

Related: 2 Charged In Fatal Shooting Of Off-Duty Chicago Cop

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Two men are charged in connection with Saturday morning’s shooting death of an off-duty Chicago police officer, while the search continues for a third person of interest. 

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Menelik Jackson shot and killed off-duty officer John Rivera and seriously wounded another man as they sat in a parked car on Clark near Huron.

Johnson said Jovan Battle was with Jackson and is charged as a co-conspirator. He said Jackson and Battle were looking for people who attacked them at a nearby fast food restaurant and shot the first Hispanic they saw.

Johnson said Jackson once applied to be a Chicago police officer, but was arrested in 2017 after he was accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s Woodlawn apartment and putting a gun to her head.

"This guy actually had the nerve to think he could become a Chicago police officer. It's disgusting," he said.

Officer Rivera’s funeral is scheduled for Friday morning.