Mom of two brothers charged in fatal shooting of Chicago cop Ella French is arrested


The mother of accused Chicago cop killers allegedly kicked a hospital security guard in the groin and wrestled with police officers during her arrest after she barged into the hospital where one of her sons is being treated. 

In one of three first-person Facebook live videos – posted under the name ‘Marsia Outofthebox Braidy’ – a woman is heard telling nurses, ‘I want to see my son. Emonte Morgan.’

The woman in the video is presumably Evalena Flores, 41, who’s outfit and appearance in the videos match the mugshots. Police said the videos are ‘of interest to our investigation.’

In the video, she’s seen running by nurses and yelling, ‘Monty! Monty!’ and then yells, ‘Don’t touch me’ when confronted by police and hospital security in the hallway. 

Both of her sons – Emonte, 21, and Eric Morgan, 22 – are charged with crimes connected to the fatal shooting of Chicago cop Ella French, 29, on Saturday. 

Emonte is the alleged triggerman and charged murder of a peace officer, among others, and is currently being treated in Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for injuries sustained during the shootout. 

Flores said in a two-minute monologue video from her car that her boys’ side of the story isn’t being told but said she couldn’t speak too much about it. 

‘My boys are not monsters,’ Flores said. ‘I don’t believe a damn thing CPD (Chicago Police Department) says, and I can guarantee you this. My boys were afraid. I’m afraid … We fear our police here. We don’t trust them.’ 

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‘My boys are not monsters,’ Evelana Flores, 41, said in a Facebook live video from her car about her sons Emonte and Eric Morgan, who are facing charges connected to the fatal shooting of Chicago police officer Ella French, 29. ‘I don’t believe a damn thing CPD (Chicago Police Department) says, and I can guarantee you this. My boys were afraid. I’m afraid … We fear our police hear. We don’t trust them’

Emonte Morgan, 21, allegedly opened fire on Chicago police during a Saturday traffic stop and killed Officer Ella French, 29 and left her partner in critical condition.

Emonte's older brother Eric Morgan, pictured, was driving the car during a routine traffic stop. He's facing several charges connected to the fatal shooting

Emonte Morgan, left, and his brother Eric were arrested and charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Chicago Police Officer Ella French on Saturday. Emonte is the alleged triggerman and is facing a top charge of murder of a peace officer

A second Facebook live video – which was less than a minute long – shows Flores going up the elevator. 

The third Facebook Live video – spanning four minutes – shows Flores’s hospital break-in attempt and ensuing struggle with police and arrest.   

Police and hospital security are heard in the video telling Flores over and over, ‘Stop. Please, stop.’

She yells, ‘Let me see my son.’

The video goes dark for nearly a minute, but Flores is heard yelling, ‘Let me see my son’ and ‘Monty, I love you.’  

When the video returns, the camera catches a glimpse of Flores in cuffs and records the conversation between the officers and Flores as they head out of the hospital, where she admits to having mace. 

‘Flores’s attempt was thwarted by the actions of two Chicago Police Officers and Christ Hospital Public Safety Officers who were on scene,’ police said in a statement. 

‘As Flores attempted to push her way past the officers, she kicked a Christ Hospital Public Safety Officer in the groin. Flores continued to resist efforts to take her into custody while demanding to her son.’

She was charged with misdemeanor battery, resisting a peace officer and criminal trespass on Tuesday.

During her attempted break-in of a hospital where her son Emonte is being treated, she's confronted by police and hospital security, who ultimately cuff following a struggle. This was taken from Flores's first-person Facebook live video

During her attempted break-in of a hospital where her son Emonte is being treated, she’s confronted by police and hospital security, who ultimately cuff following a struggle. This was taken from Flores’s first-person Facebook live video

Flores is temporarily seen in the Facebook live video being led out of the hospital in cuffs

Flores is temporarily seen in the Facebook live video being led out of the hospital in cuffs

This is the view of the first-person Facebook live video Flores recorded of her attempted hospital break-in

This is the view of the first-person Facebook live video Flores recorded of her attempted hospital break-in

Flores’ Facebook live videos were uploaded on Tuesday, the same day body camera footage and still images of Saturday’s fatal encounter was released. 

An image from the body camera footage shows the moments before Emonte allegedly opened fire on Chicago police during a traffic stop, killing French and critically wounding her partner. 

Her partner, who’s name hasn’t been released, remains in the hospital in intensive care.  

The haunting still from the bodycam footage shows Eric sitting in the driver’s seat as a cop looks into the car through the driver’s side window moments before his younger brother Emonte allegedly fires at the officers.  

Emonte is said to have confessed to shooting at the cops in a recorded court statement.  

Separate surveillance footage shows police pulling over the Morgan brothers, along with an unnamed female passenger who was in the car, during a routine traffic stop on Saturday night.

After Emonte allegedly shot at the officers, one of the suspects was seen on video running from the scene as local residents chased them down. 

Chicago Police Officer Ella French, 29, pictured here in her police uniform, was killed during what was a normal traffic stop on Saturday.

French, pictured here outside of her police uniform, is survived by her mom and dad.

Chicago Police Officer Ella French, 29, was killed when Emonte Morgan allegedly opened fire during a routine traffic stop on Saturday, police said

Eric Morgan is pictured during the traffic stop in the new body worn camera footage

Eric Morgan is pictured during the traffic stop in the new body worn camera footage

The new footage shows the moments before Emonte Morgan allegedly fired at the officers

The new footage shows the moments before Emonte Morgan allegedly fired at the officers

The bodycam video footage revelations were made as French’s heartbreaking final radio call to dispatchers was also published by Irish Angel – a nonprofit group founded to support law enforcement officers and their families.

During the radio call, an unidentified voice tells the dispatcher: ‘Officer down.’ 

This dispatcher then tells others to stay off the radio air while announcing that French had been shot at the intersection of 63rd Street and Bell Avenue.

A dispatcher informs police that the suspect was wearing a blue Chicago Cubs shirt – and the unidentified voice tells her to call for two ambulances.

The bond hearing was held for the Morgan brothers on Tuesday before Cook County Judge Arthur Willis – though Emonte did not attend because he remains hospitalized after a third officer returned fire.

Prosecutors said Emonte admitted to investigators that he pulled his handgun out of his waistband and opened fire.

Willis ordered Emonte held without bond on charges of first-degree murder of a peace officer, attempted murder of two other officers, unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

‘They didn’t have their weapons drawn, they weren’t firing on him, and callously (Emonte) shoots and kills one, and the other is in critical condition,’ the judge said.

Separate surveillance footage shows police pull over the Morgan brothers, and a female passenger

Separate surveillance footage shows police pull over the Morgan brothers, and a female passenger

The SUV was pulled over during a routine traffic stop on Saturday night

The SUV was pulled over during a routine traffic stop on Saturday night

Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said cops had stopped the SUV because of expired plates.

The brothers initially followed officers’ instructions, handing over the vehicle’s keys and getting out of the SUV. 

But the situation escalated after Emonte refused to put down a drink and cellphone that he was holding, Murphy said.

‘He began physically jerking his arms away from the officers,’ Murphy said.

Footage from police body cameras shows Emonte had a handgun tucked into his waistband, according to Cook County prosecutor. 

As he struggled with police, he began firing several shots, striking French once in the head and a 39-year-old officer in the right eye, right shoulder and in his brain.

One of the suspects was seen on video running from the scene as local residents chased them down

One of the suspects was seen on video running from the scene as local residents chased them down

Police are seen after the shooting death of officer Ella French

Police are seen after the shooting death of officer Ella French 

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown gives an update and answers questions during a press conference at the Chicago Police Headquarters on Sunday

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown gives an update and answers questions during a press conference at the Chicago Police Headquarters on Sunday

Cops are seen mourning the shooting death of Ella French in images posted to Twitter

Cops are seen mourning the shooting death of Ella French in images posted to Twitter 

Both officers fell to the ground face up, their body cameras still recording, Murphy said. At one point, Emonte could be seen stepping over the 39-year-old wounded officer before stepping out of view.

In the meantime, Eric had run off during the struggle, and the third officer chased after him down, Murphy said. 

When that officer heard gunshots, he ran back the scene of the traffic stop and exchanged gunfire with Monty before falling to the ground.

French is pictured before her death with her fellow officers

French is pictured before her death with her fellow officers

Eric also ran back, and his brother handed the gun to him, according to court documents. The third officer got back up and shot at Monty again, hitting him in the abdomen.

Murphy said Monty gave a statement on video in which he admitted to drinking, having a gun and open firing on two officers. 

An initial court appearance is set for Aug. 16.

At a separate bond hearing Tuesday afternoon, a judge ordered Eric to be held without bond. 

Eric, who authorities say was captured in a yard where he ran to dump his brother’s gun, is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and obstruction of justice.

A third man, Jamel Danzy, 29, of Indiana, is charged with supplying the semiautomatic handgun used in the shooting. 

Danzy is accused of buying the weapon from a licensed gun dealer in Hammond, Indiana, in March and provided it to an Illinois resident who he knew could neither buy nor possess guns because of a felony conviction.

French was the first Chicago police officer to die from a gunshot in the line of duty in nearly three years.



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