Suspected Cop Killer Arrested with Fallen Officer's Handcuffs


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An Illinois man accused of murdering a Chicago police officer last month was arrested with the fallen officer’s former handcuffs, a local elected official and police said.

A nearly two-week manhunt for Xavier Tate Jr. ended May 1 at an apartment complex in the Chicago suburb of Glendale Heights.

WLS-TV in Chicago reported that a multiagency law enforcement task force descended onto a property where they believed Tate was staying.

Chicago police and agents with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force put him in custody for allegedly killing Officer Luis Huesca, a six-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.

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Huesca was shot to death during a carjacking on his way home from work on April 21. Tate was quickly identified as the suspect in the officer’s slaying, and police had been searching for him for 10 days.

Tate even found his way onto the FBI’s most wanted list. The bureau offered a $25,000 cash reward for information that would lead to an arrest and conviction.

His arrest came with a bit of symbolism.

Chicago Alderman Brian Hopkins and Tate’s arresting officers told WLS that when the alleged murderer was taken into custody, he was restrained by Huesca’s department-issued handcuffs.

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Huesca was laid to rest April 29, WGN-TV reported.

Speaking to WLS, Pastor Matt Foley of St. Gall Church in Chicago said he had been praying with Huesca’s family since the fatal shooting.

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“They’re going to have holes in their hearts until, God willing, they see each other again,” Foley said. “But this will allow them to begin the healing.”

Tate is charged with first-degree murder. He had been arrested on a charge of trespassing on March 6 — 15 days before Huesca was killed.

The Chicago Police Department said in a statement to WGN that its investigation into the murder of one of its own would continue and no updates were expected in the near future.

The department asked for continued prayers for Huesca’s family.

“We ask that the people of this city continue to support the Huesca family by keeping them in your prayers as they continue to mourn the loss of a beloved son, brother and uncle,” it said.

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Johnathan Jones has worked as a reporter, an editor, and producer in radio, television and digital media.
Johnathan "Kipp" Jones has worked as an editor and producer in radio and television. He is a proud husband and father.