An off-duty Chicago police officer was found fatally shot in a vehicle Saturday night in the Tri-Taylor neighborhood, according to Chicago police officials.

The female officer was found dead shortly after 9:30 p.m. in a vehicle in the alley in the 900 block of South Bell Avenue, said Sgt. Al Stinites, a Chicago police spokesman at the scene.

On Sunday afternoon, an autopsy by the Cook County medical examiner’s office was still pending.

She was 47 years old and lived on the block where she died, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The alley, west of Bell Avenue between Polk Street and Taylor Street, lies between rows of two- and three-story homes and brick apartments. Police taped off Polk between Bell Avenue and Oakley Boulevard, along with the entrances to the alley.

A handful of neighbors came out to see what had happened, but no one said they’d heard a gunshot. Not the man who’d been watching television, or the women getting ready for a night out, or the couple returning home from a walk.

On Bell Avenue, near the south end of the 900 block, police officers stood watch at the yellow tape crossing a gap in the sidewalk where cars can access the alley. Detectives, evidence technicians and patrol officers filtered in and out.

Around 1:10 a.m., a small procession of police cars followed an ambulance carrying the officer’s body to the Cook County medical examiner about a half-mile away on Harrison Street. First watch officers had been told to go to the morgue, and marked police SUVs lined the streets nearby.

Information initially provided to reporters at the scene that a suspect was in custody is inaccurate, said Chicago police spokesman Tom Ahern.

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