‘Man with a Knife’ Jacob Paul Stolarz Shot, Killed by Police Near WLS-TV Channel 7 Studio


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Google street view opens on State Street looking south and slightly east toward the intersection of Randolph and State, where a man holding another man hostage was shot and killed by police.

Jacob Paul Stolarz was shot and killed just before 1:00 p.m. Friday by Chicago police near State and Randolph after he held Vasken Bayenderian, 80, hostage and refused to drop a knife. Stolarz was down on the street, dead just south of 190 North State Street and just north of Randolph Drive, minutes after he had a knife at the elderly man’s throat. A Chicago police officer wearing a bullet proof vest was hit by a stray bullet. The police officer suffered serious bruising.


Raw video from ABC7 News immediately after the shooting. The WLS-TV studio at 190 North State Street is just north of the crime scene.

Chicago Police Department officers responded in marked police cars, unmarked cars, ATV’s, and bicycles. Chicago Fire Department Ambulance 31 was the paramedic rescue/ambulance on the scene, and transported Stolarz away from the scene. Chicago Fire Department Engine 42 was also on the scene.


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Location where police shot a man holding another man hostage with a knife.

AT&T, Masonic Temple, Ford Center for the Performing Art Oriental Theatre, Joffrey Tower (Joffrey Ballet), Chicago Theater, the Marshall Field Building (Macy’s) and the Walnut Room are also located near the crime scene.