Markham

Police Officer Fatally Shoots Man Outside Nightclub in Suburban Markham

A police officer shot and killed a man outside a nightclub in south suburban Markham early Sunday, authorities confirmed.

Between 2:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m., officers responded to a call of a fight in the back parking lot of Stadium nightclub, located at 16300 Dixie Hwy, according to the Markham Police Department.

Officers attempted to disperse the crowd, police said, when the group became combative and began throwing things at police. Several agencies including the Harvey Police Department were called in to assist.

During the chaos, a man fired shots at a group, police said, and then approached an officer with the firearm in his hand.

The man was allegedly angry that his friend was getting arrested, according to police, and was threatening the officer.

The officer opened fire on the man, who was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

He was later identified as 36-year-old Donte Jones of the 300 block of South 5th Avenue in Maywood, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

The identity of the officer was not released, though officials called him a veteran of the Markham police force. 

The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force continues to investigate.

Authorities said a weapon was recovered from the scene, and state police also took the club's surveillance video which clearly shows the incident. 

Stadium nightclub was formerly known as Adrianna's, which closed earlier this year. At least eight people have been shot, two fatally, at the club or in its parking lot since 2010, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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