The Chicago officer and partner of deceased Ella French could be faced with lifelong disabilities after being attacked and shot in the head by gunfire during a traffic stop.
The two officers were struck with bullets during a traffic stop near 63rd and Bell in Englewood on August 7. French unfortunately did not survive and passed away at 29 years old.
Officer Yanez Jr., 39, was shot three times in the incident, including one shot in the right eye, one shot on the top of the head, and one in his shoulder, his family said on the fundraiser’s post.
According to Chicago CBS local, the doctors could not extract two of the bullets in Yanez’s head despite three surgeries, and he would have to fight to recover with the bullets remaining in his head.
Yanez had also lost his right eye.
Yanez Jr.’s sister, Nicole Christina, said he was out of the ICU, but they saw “no movement on the left side of his body or right leg.”
The officer, a loving husband and father of a 2-year-old son, needs further therapy to overcome the paralysis that has affected three of his limbs. But his sister shared that he had given them some hope, after he demonstrated twitches of movement in his limbs.
“We are all still in disbelief of the incident,” she and Yanez’s sister-in-law Evelyn Gamboa wrote in the GoFundMe campaign.
“The physical harm done in addition to the psychological trauma everyone is experiencing should never have happened,” they said, given that the multiple shots that struck Yanez would all be capable of leaving him with a “potentially lifelong disability.”
“He had so much of his face and eye socket fractured during this incident, but thankfully that has been surgically repaired. We remain hopeful for a miraculous recovery but have to prepare for what’s to come,” his family wrote.
“We will always pray for the stability of the blood vessels of his brain. Most importantly, we remain with our hearts full of gratitude that he is in fact alive,” they added.
As of Wednesday morning Aug. 18, the GoFundMe campaign had raised more than $154,000 of its $250,000 target.
Waking up still lying on a hospital bed, officer Yanez thanked everyone for the support they had given.
“I love you all,” he said. Then he turned to his wife and son and said, “I do this all for you.”
His young son had gone through many cranial surgeries for a disease he was born with, and would need ongoing therapies.
“During Carlos’ [Yanez’s son] time of recovery so much more will be on Brenda’s shoulders financially, physically, and emotionally,” his family shared.
Following the attack, three suspects were detained: two brothers, Emonte Morgan, 21, and Eric Morgan, 19, and Jamel Danzy, who is accused of unlawfully supplying the pistol used during the violent altercation.
According to the Washington Examiner, Danzy was released on August 11 after posting a $4,500 bond, as ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert,
Emonte Morgan was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder of a police officer on two counts, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and aggravated use of a weapon by a felon, ABC News reported.
Eric Morgan was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and one count of obstruction of justice.