Marmolejo had been with the department for 2½ years and Gary for 18 months. Gary was a married father of an infant and Marmolejo is a married father of three young children. Shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, the officers responded to a call of shots fired in the Rosemoor neighborhood. They were pursuing a person who had headed toward train tracks. The train that struck the officers was operated by a commuter rail line. Chicago police use “ShotSpotter” technology, or sensors that monitor for the sound of gunfire and alert police. The two officers went to the scene Monday after a “ShotSpotter” alert went out, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. An individual was taken into custody and a weapon was recovered, in this case. The investigation was still in the early stages.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city had lost “two young men, both fathers with young families.” The Chicago Police Department is in mourning. Tuesday morning, it demonstrated its highest honors as the top brass of the department retrieved the officer’s bodies from the railway for a procession to the medical examiner’s office. Johnson said 2018 has been an “immensely difficult” year for the Chicago Police Department in terms of officers killed in the line of duty.