Skokie Police trying to arrest a man with a knife end up shooting him instead. Officers say they had no other choice because the suspect lunged at them. But an eyewitness who caught the whole thing on his cell phone camera has a different story. NBC5’s Regina Waldroup reports.
A man wanted for a battery incident in Evanston Saturday, was shot and taken into custody in Skokie after he repeatedly lunged at police with a knife.
Skokie police said they were notified by Evanston officials that a man from a battery incident in Evanston was traveling through Skokie on a CTA bus.
Shortly after the alert, police were dispatched to a local business in the 4800 block of Oakton Street for a disturbance where the suspect matched the man’s description.
The owner of the business was confronted by the man on the sidewalk and quickly ran inside and locked the door to his store, police said.
The suspect attempted to kick in the front door until a Skokie officer arrived. When the officer approached the subject, police said he pulled out a knife and began lunging at responding officers.
Skokie police said the officers struck the suspect with a baton and sprayed him with pepper spray in attempts to “stop the imminent threat,” but said they had no effect on his threatening actions.
One officer then fired one round at the suspect, striking him in the leg, and he was identified as the person wanted by Evanston police, Skokie police said.
The suspect was transported in stable condition to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.
No Skokie officers were injured in the incident and the incident is under investigation.