Woman Charged in Shooting of Chicago Cop

A 25-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a Chicago police officer during an exchange of gunfire on a West Garfield Park drug corner Friday, authorities said.

Deangela Eaton, of the 200 block of North Kenneth Avenue, also faces charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault of a peace officer and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Police officers in an unmarked SUV on Friday afternoon witnessed what appeared to be a drug deal between a man and a woman in the 4600 block of West Maypole Street, according to police and a spokeswoman for the Independent Police Review Authority.

They pulled up toward the pair, and the woman turned around and fired shots, according to a news release from Chicago police.

One officer, who was in plainclothes but was wearing a bulletproof vest was hit in the upper chest.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson credited the vest with saving the officer’s life.

The officers returned fire, shooting Eaton in the upper body, police said. She was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital. A handgun was confiscated at the scene, officials said.

Eaton remains at Stroger Hospital and was unable to attend an abbreviated bond hearing Monday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. No details about the shooting were offered at the hearing.

The shooting came a little more than a week after two other plainclothes officers were shot May 2 with a military-style rifle in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Both officers were released from the hospital the next day.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Eaton on Thursday after she apparently failed to show up in court on a charge of aggravated assault of a police officer from February.

She had been arrested around 2:10 p.m. on Feb. 11 at an apartment in the 5700 block of South May Street in the Englewood neighborhood after the officer suffered minor injuries, according to police records. She was released on a personal recognizance bond the next day, records show.

She previously served two years on probation in a heroin possession case from 2014.

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