A 24-year-old Chicago police officer was shot and killed just after her shift ended early Saturday morning.
Around 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, Chicago Police Department officer Areanah Preston was shot multiple times following her shift on the city’s South Side. Fellow officers rushed to the Avalon Park neighborhood and found Preston suffering from numerous gunshot wounds. Officers administered life-saving treatment. Then Preston was loaded into a police vehicle and rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center – where she was pronounced dead.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported, “The shooting happened during an apparent stickup that officials believe might be related to another nearby robbery, according to law enforcement sources, who said Preston’s gun was taken.”
Fellow police officers gathered at the hospital to show support for the slain cop, and there was a police procession taking Preston’s body to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
There were no arrests in the murder of Areanah Preston.
Preston was described as someone “trying to make a change on this Earth” and to show “young people that policing is a profession that can make a difference in the community.”
Professors of Preston at Illinois State…