Officer Killed In Mercy Hospital Shooting, Was Married And Father Of 3

Officer Samuel Jimenez had been on force less than 2 years

Bernie Tafoya
November 20, 2018 - 8:21 am

Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez/ Chicago Police

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A new day, but the gut-punch of Monday’s mass shooting at Mercy Hospital will last a long time. Dr. Tamara O’Neal, pharmacy resident Dayna Less, and Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez were shot to death by 32-year-old Juan Lopez, the ex-fiance of Dr. O’Neal. 

Officer Samuel Jimenez was dedicated to being a police officer.

One of his training sergeants tells the Chicago Tribune, the 28-year-old went through the riggers and stressors of the police academy without any issues.

“He was a stellar recruit,” said Sgt. Larry Snelling, who is assigned to the Chicago police academy and remembered Jimenez. “He was on top of his game. He was always in control. It takes a special kind of person to go through the rigors of the training without any issues, any problems. He was able to deal and cope with the stress. He was focused on being a police officer, and he really wanted the job. And you can always tell those people who want the job."

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Just this August, Jimenez finished his 18-month probationary period, just 1 1/2 years after joining the Police Department. He was assigned to the 2nd District in Englewood.

"The Fraternal Order of Police lost a valued brother, a courageous police officer who got up, went to work, and wanted to protect the city of Chicago. He did just that, but he did so with his life," said Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham.

Officer Samuel Jimenez was married and father of 3 young children. He had been on force less than 2 years.

Jimenez was on another call with his partner when they received directions to assist officers at Mercy Hospital, Johnson said. 

"He and his partner were actually doing something else and responded to the 'officer needs assistance' call," Johnson said. "When they pulled up, they heard the gunshots and they did what heroic officers always do - they ran towards that gunfire."