The shooting death of Chicago Police Officer Areanah Preston has resulted in numerous charges.
Only three years into her career as a police officer and just days before she was scheduled to receive her master’s in criminal justice from Loyola, she was shot to death upon returning home from her duty on Saturday.
In honor of Officer Preston, whose shooting death is still being investigated by police, purple bunting is hung outside the 5th District Police Station, and the flags are flying at half-staff.
After her police duty early on Saturday morning, neighbors claimed Officer Preston stopped outside her Avalon Park home.
— 16th & 17th District Chicago Police Scanner (@CPD1617Scanner) May 3, 2023
She is seen crossing South Blackstone Avenue to her family’s house while turning down her vehicle’s lights in a surveillance video acquired exclusively with ABC7. At that point, a mysterious car arrives, stops, and at least one person exits. After that, the automobile quickly departs.
Investigators claimed that Preston, 24, was shot several times while she lay in her family’s front yard. She was doing such a terrific job, and it weakens me to think that she’s gone, wrote her aunt Norma Mhoon in a Facebook post.
Preston was assassinated just a few days before she was set to receive her master’s degree.
SWAT troops surrounded a house late Sunday at South Bishop and 77th Streets. About Officer Preston’s killing, the ABC7 I-Team learned that detectives had detained two males and two women. Although they have not yet been charged, the four remain in jail.
May her murderers be brought to swift justice.
— 16th & 17th District Chicago Police Scanner (@CPD1617Scanner) May 8, 2023
According to a CPD representative, her death is formally being treated as occurring during duty. A vigil in her honor will be held on Tuesday, according to officers in the 5th District. Her funeral is still being planned, CPD said.