CPD officer, DGN alumna Ella French killed in line of duty


Photo released by Chicago Police

Pictured: Ella French, Chicago Police Department officer, in uniform.

Gretchen Lucina, A&E Editor

Ella French, a 2009 graduate of DGN, was shot and killed at a traffic stop in Chicago Aug 7. The 29-year-old joined the Chicago Police Department in 2018. 

French and her partner pulled over a car with an expired licence plate late Saturday night around 9:10 when things turned deadly. Shots were fired from the backseat of the car, and two brothers were charged. Emonte Morgan, 21, is charged with the murder of Ella French and Eric Morgan, 22, is charged with the illegal purchase of a firearm. Her partner is in the hospital after being shot in critical condition. 

Flags are being flown at half-staff throughout the city of Chicago in honor of French. Police departments across the US are offering condolences to CPD for the loss of one of their own. French’s older brother said in mourning of his sister, “And I was proud of her, I’m still proud of her. God took the wrong kid.”

Community District 99 tweeted Aug 9, “District 99 shares in the mourning of the loss of Chicago Police Officer Ella French, a 2009 graduate of North High. District 99 sends condolences to her family and loved ones.”