Woman Fatally Shot by Police Near Route 41 and Route 132, Gurnee After Displaying Long Gun


Gurnee police and Lake County Sheriff’s deputies, and Gurnee firefighter/paramedics responded about 2:00 p.m. Wednesday May 23, 2018 to a report of a suspicious white car with a bullet hole in the windshield near Chittenden Park, Grandville Avenue and US 41.

When police approached the white car, they saw a woman in the driver’s seat, and an unconscious man in the passenger seat. While waiting for an ambulance, the woman drove away, hitting a fire engine. With police following, the woman parked her car into a wooded area along Route 41. She got out of the car and started walking along the street with a long-barrel firearm.

According to a Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesperson, a woman fled police in a vehicle in which an unconscious man was also a passenger. She then crashed into a fire truck and drove into a tree-lined area. The incident was on Route 41 near Route 132.

After the crash, the woman jumped out of the vehicle and brandished a long-barreled firearm. She was shot and killed by police. Her condition was initially reported as unknown by police.

The woman and man were transported to a local hospital. No other injuries were reported, but two police officers were also transported to the hospital for evaluation.

The incident on US 41 is possibly connected to a standoff earlier in the day in Antioch Township, and a bank robbery at Norstates Bank, 5384 Grand Avenue on Monday, May 21, 2018 at about 10:55 a.m.

Traffic on US 41 was cleared by about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.

[Article updated at 8:42 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018]


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