Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting of Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Killed While Driving Home From Work

Xavier L. Tate Jr. was arrested May 1 in connection with the April 21 killing of Chicago police officer Luis Huesca

<p>Chicago Police Department</p> Luis Huesca

Chicago Police Department

Luis Huesca

A suspect was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of an off-duty Chicago police officer who was killed while driving home from work, authorities said.

“Xavier L. Tate Jr. was taken into custody by members of the Chicago Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force this evening in Glendale Heights, Ill. for the murder of CPD Officer Luis Huesca,” the Chicago Police Department announced in a statement posted its Facebook page on Wednesday, May 1.

“We thank all of our law enforcement partners who assisted in the apprehension of this suspect as we work to bring justice to Officer Huesca and his family,” the department added.

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It’s unclear which exact charges Tate is facing or if he has retained an attorney to speak on his behalf. Police said in the statement that the investigation remains ongoing and the department will not be releasing further information at this time.

Huesca, 30, was still in his uniform when he was shot multiple times during a carjacking just before 3 a.m. on April 21 near his home, police previously said, according to ABC7 Chicago, NBC Chicago, and ABC News.

Huesca, a six-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said, per ABC News.

Police previously released security footage of a person of interest who they warned should be considered dangerous. It was not confirmed whether this individual was Tate.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker called Huesca’s death “a terrible loss” in a post shared to X, formerly Twitter, on April 21, noting the slain officer was “just two days shy of his 31st birthday.”

Hundreds of fellow cops and loved ones gathered on the streets of Chicago on Monday, April 29 for Huesca’s funeral, according to the Chicago Tribune. Huesca was remembered by his older brother, Emiliano Huesca Jr., as an “exceptional person with courage, bravery, humility and pride in your work," according to the outlet.

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