Police officers from Zion responded about 6:20 p.m. Thursday, September 8, 2022 to a report that a relative, who was a 47-year-old man, was attempting to break into her home. The caller was at her residence in the 2800 block of Ezra Avenue, Zion, and stated she had an order of protection against the relative. Zion Police Officers responded and arrived within minutes of the call.
Preliminary investigation shows two Zion Police Officers arrived and located the man near a back door of the residence. When officers began speaking to him, he produced a firearm, turned and faced the officers with the firearm, refused to drop the firearm when ordered, and began firing shots. The officers retreated and the man ran approximately one block west with the firearm. A third Zion Police Officer encountered the man and shot him, according to the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force.. The man’s firearm was recovered at the scene.
Following the shooting, Zion Officers attempted life-saving efforts. The man was transported via ambulance to Vista East Medical Center in Waukegan, where he was subsequently pronounced deceased. None of the officers were shot during the incident, however, the officer who shot the man was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.
It was determined the initial caller did indeed obtain an order of protection against the man earlier in the day on September 8th; however, the man had not yet been served with the order.
A man who was fatally shot by Zion police officers was attempting to break into the home of a female relative who had an order of protection against him, police said (Jewell Hillery/WGN). YouTube Tips ⓘ
Police say a man was fatally shot after he fired a gun in police officers’ direction (CBS Chicago). YouTube Tips ⓘ
Per protocol and state law, the Lake County Major Crime Task Force is on the scene to conduct an independent investigation into the shooting. Task Force Investigators and Evidence Technicians will process the scene, collect witness statements, interview all of the involved individuals, and collect evidence. As per normal protocol, all of the results will be turned over to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office for their review and determination, according to the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force.
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