CHICAGO — Police are investigating the death of a fifth district police officer who was fatally shot outside her home in the Avalon Park neighborhood Saturday.
According to police, Areanah Preston had just returned home from her shift when she was shot in the 8100 block of South Blackstone Avenue at around 1:42 a.m.
Interim Police Superintendent Eric Carter confirmed that she had just got off the job when she was fatally shot. Police confirmed Preston was on the job for three years and she worked out of the fifth district.
“We ask you to keep officer and her family in your prayers,” Carter said in a police debriefing Saturday morning.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot met with the mother and siblings of the fallen officer.
Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson released a statement as well:
“This is a profound tragedy, and my heart breaks for the family of the young officer who was murdered early this morning on her way home from work. I’m outraged and devastated by this horrific violence against a public servant, and I will do everything I can to support her family and the Chicago Police Department through this traumatic time. I pray that her killer is apprehended quickly so that justice may be served.“
Preston’s death is a fourth emergency responder who has died in Chicago in the last four months.
There is currently no one in custody and police continue their investigation.