Just before sunset on Friday (July 17) two policemen were shot dead by snipers near a predominantly black public housing project in Chicago.
Just before sunset on Friday (July 17) two policemen were shot dead by snipers near a predominantly black public housing project in Chicago. Three young negroes - one only fourteen years old - have been charged with the killings after one of the largest manhunts known in the City.
Police were quick to rush to the scene and exchange fire with the snipers. By nightfall the shooting had stopped and the police were able to enter the building to make a room-by-room search. The Police said that most residents had been cooperative and had provided a great deal of information.
Four people were arrested after the search and charged with possession of unregistered weapons but the snipers were not found.
Both victims were white policemen taking part in the Chicago Police Department's "walk and talk" programme, in which policemen patrol neighbourhoods with the aim of improving relations between the police and the community.
The killing of Sergeant Soverin and Patrolman Rizzato brings to six the number of policemen killed on duty in Chicago this year.
The following day (Saturday July 18), the Police displayed 13 weapons confiscated from the housing project, although it was not known if the murder weapons were among them.
The Police announced the arrests and murder charges against the three negroes on Sunday (July 19) after one of the biggest manhunts in Chicago for several years. One of the three charged is only 14 years old. The police search has continued for one other negro youth alleged to be the leader of a northwest Chicago street gang known as the "Cobra Stones".