April Officer of the Month: P. O. Wenseslao Zavala
On August 4, 2010, officers from the 005th District were informed that the occupants of a vehicle in the vicinity were involved in a shooting. The officers spotted the vehicle and attempted to pull it over, but the offenders fled and a pursuit ensued. An armed offender jumped out of the moving vehicle and P.O. Wenseslao Zavala began to chase him. During this foot pursuit, the offender pointed a handgun and fired multiple times at Officer Zavala. Each time, the officer was able to return fire and apprehended the offender as he attempted to climb through a window of a nearby residence.
During the exchange of gunfire, Zavala sustained a gunshot wound to his right shoulder. Assisting officers continued the pursuit of the fleeing vehicle until the other two offenders were taken into custody. The first offender was charged with First Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault to a Police Officer, and Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
P.O. Wenseslao Zavala began his career with the Chicago Police Department 10.5 years ago. He has worked Tact in the 005th District and has been assigned to the Area South Gun Team since November of 2013.