Illinois Auxiliary Police Officer Dies After Fall Off Bridge During Foot Pursuit

Carolyn Smith, Belleville News-Democrat
WASHINGTON PARK, Illinois — An auxiliary officer for Washington Park police fell off the Poplar Street Bridge onto the ground after a traffic stop went wrong Saturday.
The officer, Ricardo Davis, later died of his injuries, according to Washington Park Mayor Rickie Thomas. Auxiliary officers are civilian volunteers trained to assist the police force.
Thomas said Davis was “a very respectful young man.”
“It’s a big loss to the community and sad it had to end this way. He did what he thought he had to do to protect the community,” Thomas said. “My heart goes out to the family and my prayers are certainly with the family. I am at a loss for words concerning this officer.”
After Davis fell he was taken…

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