Police search for 3rd suspect in shooting of Chicago Police Officer John Rivera

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police are searching for a third person suspected to have been involved in the murder of off-duty Chicago Police Officer John Rivera.

Meanwhile, authorities said charges against two men already in custody could be upgraded to a hate crime. Menelik Jackson, 24, and Jovan Battle, 32, have each been charged with first-degree murder.

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Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks after two men were charged int he shooting of an off-duty Chicago police officer.

Police said Jackson fired into a car Saturday in River North, killing the 23-year-old officer and critically wounding another man. Police said Battle was a co-conspirator.

Officers used Rivera's handcuffs when taking Jackson into custody.

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Two men have been charged in the fatal shooting of off-duty Chicago Police Officer John Rivera.

The two men suspected of killing Rivera may have shot him simply for being Hispanic. This occurred after police said the men were involved in an unrelated dispute at the former Rock N' Roll McDonald's, which police say involved a group of Hispanic men traveling on board a party bus. Now, police say hate crime charges may be filed.

"He was searching around for the party bus, the party bus had left the area, so I guess he settled for the first Hispanic he saw," Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

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John Rivera, 23, was a Chicago cop for almost 2 years. He was off-duty when fatally shot after a night out with friends in the River North neighborhood.

That night Rivera had been out with friends, including his girlfriend. She survived the shooting after the officer's final act of bravery, shielding her and others from gun fire.


Visitation will be held 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Elmwood Chapel, 11200 S. Ewing Ave., Chicago.

Funeral prayers will be at 9:15 a.m. Friday at Elmwood Chapel. Funeral Mass starts at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciata, located at 11128 S. Avenue G, Chicago.

For more information visit Elmwood Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
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