Arrested in the shooting of an Oak Park police officer, Enrique R. Rosa was ordered held on $3 million bail Sunday, April 11. Rosa’s next court date has been scheduled for April 20 at the Maywood Courthouse.
The 26-year-old man is in custody at the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office. Rosa is recovering after being shot by an Oak Park office during the altercation.
Rosa has been charged with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm for the April 8 shooting of the unnamed Oak Park police officer during a traffic stop.
He faces up to eight years in prison for each count of attempted murder and a minimum of six years in prison for the count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, if convicted.
The shooting occurred while the Oak Park officer was assisting Forest Park police with a traffic stop at 7 a.m., April 8, in the 600 block of Harlem Avenue near the interstate 290 expressway.
Oak Park police have now confirmed that there were two Oak Park officers in the squad car responding to the scene on Harlem Avenue. One was a field training officer, the other a probationary officer. It was the field training officer who was shot by the alleged suspect. Police also said only the FTO discharged his weapon.
Rosa, of the 2200 block of West Monroe Street in Chicago, was pulled over by the officer and upon stopping out the vehicle, opened fire on the police officer, striking him in his arm. The officer returned fire on Rosa, shooting him twice in his leg, according to Oak Park spokesman David Powers.
“This incident illustrates the dangerous and unpredictable challenges officers face each and every day as they serve and protect our community,” said Oak Park Police Chief LaDon Reynolds in a village news release.
“The prevalence of firearms and the ease with which they can be obtained makes being a police officer a risky profession. But many still choose to serve because of their dedication and desire to make a difference by literally putting their lives on the line for the greater good. I salute the officer wounded in this incident and wish him – and his family – a speedy recovery from this traumatic experience.”
Both the officer and Rosa were transported to Loyola Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The officer, whose name has not been released, was released from the hospital’s care April 10 and is recovering at home.
Forest Park Deputy Police Chief Ken Gross said the altercation began as a domestic disturbance call on the 900 block of Thomas Avenue in Forest Park. It is believed that the offender took his girlfriend’s car, which he was driving when police stopped him.
The last time an Oak Park officer was shot during active duty was 1983, per Powers.
The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force (PITF) is handling the investigation into the use of force by the Oak Park police officer.