Chicago woman accused of ramming officer's daughter into tree after argument, killing her

A 24-year-old woman was charged with using an SUV to ram a Chicago police officer’s daughter into a tree and run her over multiple times Friday night in the Morgan Park neighborhood.

Chynna Stapleton was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 18-year-old Tatyanna Lewis, who was killed following an argument just after 11 p.m. on the Far South Side, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Stapleton was ordered held without bail during a Monday court hearing.

Lewis was the daughter of a Chicago police officer, police confirmed Sunday night.

Following an argument, Stapleton got into an SUV, drove up onto the sidewalk and rammed Lewis into a tree, said community activist Andrew Holmes, who said he was working with Lewis’ family. The woman then backed up the SUV and ran over Lewis at least two more times, according to Holmes.


Lewis, of the Burnside neighborhood, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. An autopsy Sunday found she died of multiple blunt force injuries from being struck by the vehicle and her death was ruled a homicide.

Stapleton drove off afterward, striking multiple vehicles before being taken into custody, police said.

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