[Ed. – A tragic end for one of Chicago’s finest.]
An off-duty Chicago police officer was fatally shot in what appears to be a random attack early Saturday in River North, and another man who was with him is in critical condition after being wounded.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the officer as 23-year-old John P. Rivera of the Hegewisch neighborhood on the Far South Side. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.
Rivera — who worked in the Gresham District and was with the police department for nearly two years — and three other people were sitting in a parked Honda Accord in the 700 block of North Clark Street around 3:30 a.m. when two unknown males approached them, Chicago police said. One of them fired shots into the car, and both then ran away.
A person of interest was taken into custody, but the suspected shooter remains at large, police said.
The officer — who had worked his shift the night before and had handled the paperwork on a murder case — was struck in the chest, arm and mouth, police said. He was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.