Officer shot in shoulder recovering, woman charged with attempted murder

CHICAGO — A CPD officer shot in the shoulder while serving an arrest warrant Saturday night is in good spirits and recovering, police say, as a 19-year-old woman faces attempted murder and other felony charges in the incident.

Emily Petronella, 19

According to official reports, the 34-year-old tactical officer was executing a search warrant at the apartment of 19-year-old Emily Petronella around 7:20 p.m. Saturday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Police say the officer was trying to enter the back door of the home on the 2700 block of West Potomac Avenue when Petronella, who was inside, fired a single shot through the door.

The bullet struck the officer in the shoulder, fracturing a vertebrae and lodging in his right shoulder muscle, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Ravin said. He was rushed to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, where he underwent surgery.

According to CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson, the 25th District officer has been on the job for four and a half years, and was in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years. He was in good condition as of Sunday afternoon.

“This is another illustration of how dangerous it is for police officers to serve search warrants,” Johnson told reporters outside Stroger Hospital.

Police did not return fire, and said when they searched the residence they found a large amount of cannabis, a semi-automatic pistol and large bundles of money.

Petronella was charged Sunday with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault of a peace officer with a weapon, armed violence and discharge of a weapon, aggravated discharge of a firearm at a peace officer/fireman, and manufacturing and delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis— all felonies. She was also charged with misdemeanor violation of bail bond.

Petronella’s attorney Stefan Fenner said the evidence will prove her innocence.

“Emily and her family are praying for the officer’s swift recovery,” Fenner said. “We are confident that the Chicago police’s use of body worn cameras is going to help exonerate her in this case, and we’re awaiting a speedy trial to show that she’s innocent of all these charges."

In a bond hearing Sunday, prosecutors said Petronella’s criminal history includes a traffic stop in which officers found her in possession of a pump-action shot gun. Cook County Judge Stephanie Miller denied bond, saying Petronella "poses a real and present threat to the safety of the community."

Petronella will be back in court tomorrow morning.

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