Police officer Samuel Jimenez was fatally wounded on Monday during an active shooter situation at a Chicago Hospital. We previously reported the active shooter. Along with the officer’s death it was reported that Dr. Tamara O’Neal, and Pharmacy assistant Dayna Less were also murdered, according to Fox. The suspect has been identified as Juan Lopez, 32, and is also deceased.
Today, @Chicago_Police Officer Samuel Jimenez chased down the cowardly man who opened fire at a Chicago Hospital — saving countless lives. Officer Jimenez was a true hero who led a life of significance. A life we will #NeverForget. My prayers are with his wife and children. pic.twitter.com/8gEy1wTYb8
— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) November 20, 2018
The incident began in the parking lot of Mercy hospital when Dr. O’Neal was confronted by her ex-fiance, Lopez. She ended their relationship in September, and Lopez reportedly wanted the ring back. She told him that she didn’t have it, then the man returned with a gun.
“She got on the phone and she was trying to call the police. She asked us not to leave her alone because he is going to kill her…The guy comes really quickly from behind the van and just pulls out a gun and shoots her six times before she even hits the ground.” Witness to WGN
Police arrived, and the gunman opened fire on them. The suspect ran into the hospital, with police officers following. A gunfight erupted inside the lobby. The officer who died was struck during the gunfight, and a second officer was shot at, but the bullet lodged in his gun. The suspect shot a woman who was just coming out of the elevator (Dayna Less) according to Blue Lives Matter.
Police Officer Samuel Jimenez was with the CPD for 2 years and had only recently gotten off probation. He did not normally work the area of the hospital.
The procession for Ofc. Jimenez has begun. CPD and our federal and state partners pay our final respects to a hero. pic.twitter.com/f28V2x8l9G
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) November 20, 2018
He is survived by his wife and two children.
Featured photo: screenshot via Fox News L-R: Dr O’Neal, Officer Jimenez, Dayna Less