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Woman, 19, Charged In Shooting Of Police Officer Serving Search Warrant In Humboldt Park

The officer is expected to make a "full recovery," a police spokesman said Sunday.

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HUMBOLDT PARK — A 19-year-old woman has been charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of a Chicago Police officer Saturday night in Humboldt Park.

Police say Emily Petronella shot the male officer at about 7:25 p.m. in a home in the 2700 block of West Potomac Avenue as he and other officers were serving a search warrant.

Credit: Chicago Police Department
Emily Petronella, 19, was charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of a Chicago Police officer Saturday night.

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson told reporters that it was a “typical” search warrant for “narcotics and illegal weapons.”

The officer was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his shoulder. Petronella was arrested on the scene, police said.

The officer, who is assigned to the Grand Central (25th) Police District, is expected to make a “full recovery” with treatment and therapy, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Sunday.

During the search, officers found a semi-automatic pistol and large amounts of marijuana and cash, police said.

The area surrounding Humboldt Park’s namesake park was bathed in blue lights Saturday night as dozens of squad cars rushed to the scene.

Ald. Roberto Maldonado, whose 26th Ward includes the shooting, wrote on Facebook, “Please join me in offering prayers of healing to the young officer who shot last night serving a warrant in the Ward last night. We wish Him a full recovery and thank every woman and man in blue for putting themselves in harms way to keep the public safe.”

In addition to attempted first-degree murder, Petronella faces felony charges of aggravated assault to a peace officer with a weapon, armed violence while discharging a weapon, aggravated discharge of a weapon at a peace officer and manufacturing and delivering more than 5,000 grams of cannabis. She also faces one misdemeanor count of violation of bail bond.

Petronella was ordered held without bail at a bond court hearing Sunday, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office. She is expected to appear in court again at noon Monday, a spokesman said.

Petronella’s mother, Sandra, told the Sun-Times that Petronella thought someone was trying to break into her home.

“She was hysterical,” Sandra Petronella said. “She called me while I was at the mall: ‘They’re breaking in. They’re breaking in.’ And then she hung up.”

At the bond court hearing, Petronella’s attorney, Stefan Fenner, made a similar argument, according to the Sun-Times.