A person was shot to death by a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development agent after allegedly pointing a gun at the agent Thursday morning in north suburban Zion, authorities said.
The agent was sitting in a vehicle at 6:09 a.m. in the 3000 block of Ezekiel Avenue when several people, including a male armed with a handgun, approached the vehicle, according to a statement from Zion police.
The agent shot him through the vehicle’s window after the suspect, who was wearing a bandana over part of his face, “displayed the handgun to the agent,” police said. The rest of the group then ran away.
Paramedics arrived and determined that the suspect was dead at the scene, and investigators found a handgun nearby, police said. The agent was taken to a hospital.
Illinois State Police confirmed the agent worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but did not say whether the agent was on duty at the time of the shooting.
“The investigation is currently an open and ongoing investigation and is at its beginning stages, therefore we cannot release any further details regarding the shooting at this time,” state police said in a statement.
The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit is investigating the shooting, police said. No Zion officers were present at the time of the shooting.
State police did not immediately respond to a request for further details Thursday afternoon.