Village of Buffalo Grove Releases Video with Audio Regarding Officer-Involved Shooting December 2, 2021

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The Village of Buffalo Grove announced Wednesday, January 12, 2022 that the village publicly released audio and video footage of the officer-involved shooting on December 2, 2021 to provide full transparency for the residents of Buffalo Grove. The video is overlaid with the 911 dispatch as well as police radio audio that transpired during this event. According to the Village of Buffalo Grove, the “footage contains graphic images and language, and some viewers may find it to be disturbing or offensive, so please consider this before watching.”

VIDEO FROM VILLAGE OF BUFFALO GROVE

Buffalo Grove police officers responded to a report of a man with a gun in a park. After police arrived, they located the man, who fired two weapons while advancing toward the officers and while repeatedly ignoring commands to stop and drop his weapons. The officers were forced to fire their weapons to stop the threat. Despite life-saving efforts by the officers, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man’s family was given the opportunity to view the video. The Village of Buffalo Grove stated they will provide no further comment at this time, pending the conclusion of the investigation by the Lake County Major Crime Task Force and review by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. You can view the video here.




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Buffalo Grove police responded to a 9-1-1 call from a man who displayed two handguns over his head and fired shots in the air; he was shot when refused to put the guns down and continued to approach police (CBS Chicago). YouTube Tips ⓘ

Police responded about 12:30 a.m. and firefighters and paramedics from Buffalo Grove responded about 12:39 a.m. Thursday, December 2, 2021 to a report from a man that he was armed at the former JCC building . When Buffalo Grove police arrived on the scene they discovered a man holding two handguns over his head. Police ordered him to stop and put the guns down, but he continued to walk toward the police officers. The man also fired shots in the air with the handguns. When the man continued to approach the police officers, he was shot by both police officers, according to Buffalo Grove Police Department Deputy Chief Michael Szos. The police officers immediately administered emergency first aid and CPR, and called for paramedics to respond to the scene.

Scene near Radcliffe Road in Buffalo Grove where a man was shot by two police officers after after he approached them while firing shots in the air
Scene near Radcliffe Road in Buffalo Grove where a man was shot by two police officers after after he approached them while firing shots in the air.

The Buffalo Grove police officers do not wear body cams, but the police department believes police vehicle dash cams captured the shooting.

The shooting occurred in the east parking lot by Radcliffe Road in Buffalo Grove which is about 300 to 400 yards east of Arlington Heights Road near the S-curve.




A man who said he was the shooting victim’s father parked on Radcliffe Road and walked up to two police officers about 4:30 a.m. to tell them he was the shooting victim’s father. He buckled and bent over with his head down and his hand on his knees while talking to the police officers.

Neighbors to the east of the property were worried that there was a shooter at large after they heard gunshots and saw a large amount of police activity and three ambulances and a ladder truck at the scene. At least two witnesses saw police administering CPR to the victim.

One ambulance and paramedics were assigned to the shooting victim and the other two ambulances and paramedics were assigned to assess the police officers. Standard operating procedure involves transportation of police officers to a local hospital following police-involved shootings.

Scene near Radcliffe Road in Buffalo Grove where a man was shot by two police officers after after he approached them while firing shots in the air
Scene near Radcliffe Road in Buffalo Grove where a man was shot by two police officers after after he approached them while firing shots in the air.

Police investigators canvassed the neighborhood and spoke with neighbors, used a drone for photography, and set up a tent from the Arlington Heights Police Department to help protect evidence.




The identity of the victim was not initially released by police. A press conference was held score sunrise by Deputy Chief Michael Szos at the north end of the parking lot of the former JCC near Thornton Lane.

Buffalo Grove Police Department Deputy Chief Michael Szos describes a deadly encounter when an armed man fired handguns into the air and approached police (WGN News). YouTube Tips ⓘ




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