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Chicago PD identifies suspect accused of murdering officer Luis Huesca as he was heading home


Caroline Kubzansky
Chicago Tribune

A Cook County judge on Friday issued an arrest warrant for an Aurora man in connection with the killing of Chicago police Officer Luis Huesca, according to court records.

Xavier Tate Jr., 22, was named in a first-degree murder warrant that ordered authorities to detain him, according to documents filed in Cook County Circuit Court Friday. A felony complaint accuses him of firing a .40 caliber handgun at Huesca, killing him.

Huesca, 30, a six-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was in Gage Park when he was shot multiple times on the 3100 block of West 56th Street while off-duty but in uniform early Sunday morning. His car was taken at the scene of the shooting. Chicago Police later ruled that he died in the line of duty.

The same day the warrant was signed, Chicago police issued a community alert seeking information on Tate’s whereabouts. He is considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached, police said.

A CPD representative said no one was in custody Saturday and the investigation remained open.

Also on Saturday, authorities announced a combined $100,000 reward for public information leading to Tate’s arrest and conviction. Cook County Crime Stoppers and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives contributed $25,000, while the FBI and Fraternal Order of Police contributed $75,000.

Anyone with information was asked to call 1-800-535-7867 or visit CPDTip.com.

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