Officer Alex Valadez was shot and killed while investigating reports of gunfire on South Hermitage Ave. shortly after midnight. As he and his partner were questioning several individuals, a vehicle drove up and an occupant opened fire, striking Officer Valadez once in the leg and once in the head. He was transported to Stroger Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds later in the day. Officer Valadez had served with the Chicago Police Department for three years. He earned one Chicago Police Department Commendation and twenty two honorable mentions.