Two Men Charged in Fatal Shooting of off-duty Chicago Cop in River North

(Fox) Two men were charged Monday morning in the fatal shooting of an off-duty police officer over the weekend, according to Chicago Police.

Menelik Jackson, 24, and Jovan Battle, 32, are facing felony murder charges for the shooting of Officer John Rivera in River North, Chicago Police said.

Jackson is charged with one felony count of first degree murder, three felony counts of attempted first degree murder and resisting/obstructing a peace officer.

Battle is charge with one felony count of first degree murder and three felony counts of attempted first degree murder.

CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson called it an “unprovoked attack.”

Rivera, a Gresham District patrolman who would have marked two years on the force in May, went to a popular nightlife district with a fellow male officer after they finished their Friday night shift, Johnson said.

They left the Stout Barrel House early Saturday with two friends, a man and woman, and got into a Honda Accord about 3:30 a.m. parked in the 700 block of North Clark, according to police.

That’s when at least three unknown males walked up to the car, and, without exchanging words, one of them pulled out a gun to fire shots into the car before they ran away, police said.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi informed the media about the charges early Monday morning.

A press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. at CPD headquarters, 35th and Michigan.

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