Teen Charged with Shooting, Killing Chicago Police Officers Son Last Summer

A teen has been charged in last summer’s killing of a Chicago police officer’s son, who was fatally shot hours before he was to return to college in New York City, according to police.

Anthony Moore, 18, of the 7900 block of South Sawyer Avenue, is charged with murder in the death of Arshell “Trey” Dennis, 19.

Dennis was shot and killed about 12:05 a.m. on Aug. 14 in the Southwest Side’s Wrightwood neighborhood. Another man was wounded in the shooting but survived.

At the time, Chicago police were investigating the shooting as a case of mistaken identity.

Dennis was on the front porch of a home in the 2900 block of West 82nd Street when a gunman approached, possibly from a vehicle, and opened fire, police said. Dennis was shot in the chest and died less than an hour later early on that Sunday.

A 20-year-old man with Dennis was wounded in the arm and side.


Arshell Dennis (Family photo)

Dennis’ father is Sgt. Arshell “Chico” Dennis. He and police Superintendent Eddie Johnson once worked together as patrol officers in the South Side’s Gresham patrol district.

“Officer Dennis dedicated his life to make this city safer, and his son Arshell was a good kid, making his parents proud and studying for a promising future as a journalist,” Johnson said in a statement after the shooting.

Investigators had been looking at the shooting as a case of mistaken identity, in part because neither the younger Dennis nor the surviving victim had criminal records, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

The younger Dennis was among the victims of a violent year in Chicago, which saw more than 760 people slain and more than 4,300 people shot. He was a student at St. John’s University in New York City, according to his grandfather.

The teen was about to start his junior year as a journalism major at St. John’s, relatives said. He had been in Chicago for three days to see his mother before starting the school year and was planning to leave for New York on Sunday afternoon, but the shooting happened hours earlier that day.

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