Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 6 years, 1 month, 5 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Office of the First Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Patrol: Unit 212 - Deputy Chief - Area 2

District of Incident (Present Day): 008 - Chicago Lawn

Location of Occurrence: 3138 West 56th Street

Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy

Age at Time of Death: 30

Timeline


Date of Birth: 23 Apr 1993

Date of Appointment: 16 Mar 2018

Date of Incident: 21 Apr 2024

End of Watch: 21 Apr 2024

Date of Interment: 29 Apr 2024

 

Interment Details


 Cemetery: Rosehill Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial

 

Memorial Details


Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Ceremony Pending

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Ceremony Pending

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Ceremony Pending

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Ceremony Pending

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed

 

Service


 Military Service: Unknown

 

Incident & Biographic Details


Police Officer Luis M. Huesca, Star #18913, aged 30 years, was a 6 year, 1 month, 5 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 5th District – Calumet and detailed to Unit 212 – Deputy Chief – Area 2.

On April 21, 2024, at 2:52 a.m., Officer Huesca was returning home after his shift at 3138 West 56th Street while still dressed in police uniform. As he pulled into his driveway Xavier Tate Jr., age 22, walked up to his vehicle and fired 10 shots. Officer Huesca was hit multiple times in the head, chest arms and thighs. Tate then took Officer Huesca’s firearm and vehicle and fled the scene. Beat 825, Officers Arce and Rosito were dispatched to investigate a Shot Spotter alert at that location and discovered Officer Huesca on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. An ambulance was summoned and the search for the involved individual(s) began. Officer Huesca was transported to the University of Chicago Hospital by CFD Ambulance #78 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Zakrisson at 3:22 a.m. on April 21, 2024.

Officer Huesca’s vehicle was located a short time later abandoned in an alley and nearby video showed Tate Jr. changing his clothes, stealing a bicycle, and then riding away after abandoning Officer Huesca’s Car. A description of Tate Jr. was then released by investigating detectives. A $10,000 reward was issued by Crime Stoppers and a $25,000 reward was issued by the Fraternal Order of Police for information that led to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.

During the ensuing investigation Detectives and Support Personnel were able to collect overwhelming evidence against Tate Jr.. Video from nearly a hundred cameras tracking his movements before and immediately after the shooting was also obtained. The video led investigators to a convenience store where Tate Jr. purchased a bottle of water using his mother’s electronic benefits (EBT) card. The use of that card helped investigators establish a timeline, which eventually, revealed Tate Jr.’s movements back to as early as Friday afternoon, April 19, 2024.

On the day of the murder, at 2:41 a.m., Tate Jr. purchased the bottle of water at Walgreen’s and then walked towards Officer Huesca’s home. Shortly thereafter at 2:52 a.m., he encountered Officer Huesca and murdered him, hijacking the vehicle. His evasion of police started immediately after the incident, changing his clothes and stealing a bicycle from a yard on the 5600 block of South California Avenue. As he tossed the bicycle over the rear fence and into the alley he left behind his palm print which was later lifted by Evidence Technicians. Tate Jr. then rode the bicycle to his cousin’s house. During that ride, he dropped his cellphone in an alley. That cellphone was also recovered by Evidence Technicians and a search warrant was executed on the phone, confirming Tate Jr’s location and the timeline. A few hours later, Tate Jr. called an Uber for a ride to the home of Caschaus Tate, a relative, located on the 10800 block of South Hale Avenue. He then crossed three state lines in the following 10 days, traveling to Rockford, Illinois; Dubuque, Iowa; Madison, Wisconsin and then back to Glendale Heights, Illinois.

Xavier Tate Jr.’s DNA was recovered at the crime scene on some of the 10 shell casings recovered. A water bottle and the clothing Tate Jr. was wearing at the time of the shooting was also recovered near the vehicle he abandoned. His DNA was also found inside Officer Huesca’s vehicle and his palm print was lifted from the fence he was seen jumping over.

On April 26, 2024, Caschaus Tate was arrested at his home on the 10800 block of South Hale Avenue and charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He was caught removing a firearm from his bedroom after climbing out the bedroom window. He then walked into his neighbor’s yard and then threw the firearm back into his own backyard. The firearm was recovered and identified as the firearm belonging to Officer Huesca. The firearm’s serial number was defaced in one spot, while it was still visible in another on the firearm.

On May 1, 2024, Xavier Tate Jr. was apprehended and arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force after being located hiding inside an apartment rented by Malik Murphy in Glendale Heights, Illinois. Murphy was also arrested and charged with Aiding and Abetting a Fugitive in DuPage County.

On May 2, 2024, Xavier Tate Jr. was charged with First Degree Murder, Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

On May 3, 2024 at 11:00 am, Tate Jr. stood for a bond hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, located at 2650 South California Avenue in room 102. During the bond hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Anne McCord Rodgers ticked through details of Tate Jr.’s multiple outfit changes, saying he alternated between distinctive hoodies, jackets and shoes with a black backpack. Investigators said the description tracked closely to surveillance video Chicago Police released the day after Huesca’s death. During the hearing, Judge Marubio highlighted areas of the proceedings that had been changed by the state’s Pretrial Fairness Act which went into effect in the fall of 2023. That law eliminated cash bail and set new standards for holding a defendant in custody. Tate was ultimately denied pre-trial release by Judge Marubio and held in custody pending trial.

At the time of Officer Huesca’s murder, Tate Jr., was on pretrial release in three misdemeanor cases, including two in Kane County, resisting arrest and obstructing justice, and a pending misdemeanor case related to an arrest in Olympia Fields. He also missed his status hearing in the Kane County cases on May 1, 2024 and failed to appear for his hearing in Cook County on April 24, 2024.

Officer Huesca was waked at Blake Lamb Funeral Home, located at 4727 W. 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, IL. His funeral mass was held on April 29, 2024 at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, located at 7740 S. Western Avenue. He was laid to rest on April 29, 2024 in Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

Police Officer Luis M. Huesca, born April 23, 1993, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on March 16, 2018. He attended the Jackson Street Police Academy and was issued Star #18913 on October 5, 2018. Officer Huesca earned 1 Department Commendation Award, 1 Unit Meritorious Award, 1 2019 Crime Reduction Award, 9 Honorable Mentions and 3 Emblems of Recognition for Physical Fitness during his career.

Officer Huesca was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his parents: Edith and Emiliano; siblings: Emiliano, Jr. and Liliana O’Brien (Huesca).

Incident Recorded Under Chicago Police Department RD #JH233211