The Chicago cop who was shot and wounded at a traffic stop where Officer Ella French was murdered spoke out for the first time this week. Officer Carlos Yanez Jr., 39, thanked all those who supported him after he was shot, while his father slammed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for not standing up for the police.
On Aug. 7, Officers Yanez and French exchanged gunfire with suspects during a traffic stop. The 29-year-old French was shot and killed; Yanez suffered two gunshot wounds to the head. Yanez "suffered from multiple gunshot wounds to the eye, brain, and shoulder all causing potentially lifelong disability," according to a GoFundMe page that is collecting donations. The crowd-funding campaign had raised over $270,000 as of Friday morning.
The family of Yanez shared a video of the wounded officer from his hospital bed speaking for the first time publicly since the shooting, where he gave thanks and gave a special message to his wife and 3-year-old son.
"Thank you for your support and your donations and your prayers. I love you all," Yanez whispered. "To my son, C.J., and my wife, Brenda, I do this all for you."