'Tragic and sad day': Chicago police officer killed, another wounded in traffic stop shootout

One Chicago police officer was dead and another was fighting for his life Sunday after a shootout during what was supposed to have been a routine traffic stop, authorities said.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the officers had stopped a vehicle occupied by two men and a woman late Saturday when they began shooting at the officers. The officers returned fire, striking one person in the vehicle, he said. That person was hospitalized in stable condition, Brown said.

Chicago police on Twitter confirmed the identity of the killed officer as Ella French, the first female officer shot to death in the line of duty since Irma Ruiz, who was killed inside an elementary school in 1988. 

Brown said all three occupants were in custody, but no charges had been filed. He said it was too soon to say why the vehicle was stopped and what might have happened just before the shooting began.

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