POLICE OFFICER SAMUEL JIMENEZ
Unit of Assignment: 2nd District – Wentworth
End of Watch: November 19, 2018
Served: 1 year, 9 months, 3 days
Police Officer Samuel Jimenez, Star #19526, aged 28 years, was a 1 year, 9 month, 3 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 2nd District – Wentworth.
On November 19, 2017, at approximately 3:15 p.m., Doctor Tamara O’Neal, aged 38 years, became engaged in a domestic dispute with her ex-fiancé in the parking lot of Mercy Hospital located at 2525 S Michigan Avenue. Ms. O’Neal was in the company of a an acquaintance who attempted to intervene. At this time the offender lifted his shirt and displayed a firearm. Ms. O’Neal’s friend immediately ran into the hospital to summon help and it was at this time the offender drew his weapon and fired multiple rounds into Ms. O’Neal. The offender then began to walk toward the Emergency Room entrance; at this time a squad car was entering the hospital’s parking lot. The offender opened fire on the squad car causing the officers to perform an evasive maneuver. The officer’s then exited their squad car and gave chase of the offender into the emergency room waiting area. A gunfight ensued and a 10-1 was called over the radio. Officer Jimenez and his partner responded to the scene in response to the officer’s call for help. Inside the lobby the offender continued firing. Unknowingly, Ms. Dayna Less, aged 25 years, a Pharmacy Technician was on an elevator approaching the 1st floor when the shooting inside the hospital was taking place. As she stepped out of the elevator the offender turned his weapon on her and fired. Ms. Less sustained a fatal gunshot wound. Officer Jimenez was also fatally struck in addition to a second officer whom sustained a gunshot wound to his holster, the bullet lodging into the slide of his S&W firearm, which was holstered at the time. The bullet impacted the firearm where the slide meets the frame just above the magazine well. The offender was later shot and killed during the ensuing gun battle. Officer Jimenez was resuscitated by Mercy Hospital Staff prior to being transported by CFD Ambulance #41 to The University of Chicago Medical Center, located at 5841 S Maryland Avenue. He would later pass away from the injuries he sustained in the gunfight. Ms. O’Neil was pronounced dead on the scene and Ms. Less was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, located at 251 E Huron Street, where she would succumb to her injuries. In total four people were killed in the active shooter incident including the offender.
Police Officer Samuel Jimenez, born April 28, 1990, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on February 16, 2017 and he attended the Jackson Street Police Academy. He earned 2 Honorable Mentions during his career.
Officer Jimenez was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, four children and mother.
Incident details will be updated as more information is learned.
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