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Police capture man accused of killing Chicago police officer


(The Center Square) – Chicago Police say collaboration among agencies played a key role in capturing the man accused of killing Officer Luis Huesca.

Authorities tracked the suspect for days through several states before arresting him in the Chicago suburb of Glendale Heights.

Chicago Police Superintendent Larry Snelling thanked more than fifteen law enforcement agencies.

“This truly was a coordinated effort between multiple federal and local law-enforcement agencies and prosecutorial partners,” Snelling said.

Snelling added that removing the suspect, Xavier Tate, from the street not only brings justice to the Huesca family, it ensures the public that he won’t kill anyone else in society.

“Tate, in a matter of seconds, took the life of someone who was trying to make our city better and safer through kindness and compassion,” Snelling said.

Police said technology helped solve the murder of Huesca.

Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Antoinette Ursitti said video was collected from more than 90 locations.

“This video and the assistance from the Gage Park community was instrumental,” Ursitti said.

Snelling also credited technology and collaboration.

“This is intelligence-driven policing at its best,” Snelling said.

Although gunfire detection system ShotSpotter led police to the murder scene, Mayor Brandon Johnson said he would not reconsider his decision to cancel that technology.

“There are a plethora of forms of technology that are ultimately used to render justice and to deliver justice,” Johnson said.

The mayor announced earlier this year that the city would decommission its use of ShotSpotter on September 22nd.