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Suburban Man Charged With Shooting Off-Duty Chicago Cop

By Chuck Sudo in News on Nov 13, 2014 4:30PM

Anthony Gates (Photo credit: Chicago Police Department Handout)
A Riverdale man faces two counts of first-degree attempted murder in connection with the shooting of an off-duty Chicago police officer and her daughter on the South Side.

Anthony Gates, 28, also faces two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm in the incident, which was called a domestic dispute by police. Gates allegedly arrived at the home of the officer, Samella Ramirez, on the 2200 block of East 68th Street Tuesday night and opened fire. Ramirez’s daughter used to date Gates and has a child with him. Ramirez was shot in the face, neck and forearms. Ramirez’s daughter was shot in the thigh. Gates fled the scene with his child and was later arrested in an apartment on the 500 block of West Division Street. Police say a search of Gates’ car turned up the gun used in the shooting.

Neighbor Jimmie Tyler described the scene to the Sun-Times.

“When they started shooting, we were ducking,” Tyler recalled Wednesday. “I went to get up, but my wife pulled me down. She didn’t want a stray bullet to hit me.”

Ramirez was listed in critical but stable condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She’s a narcotics officer with 24 years of service and the recipient of 24 departmental awards including 11 honorable mentions. Ramirez is the fourth Chicago police officer to be shot this month.