Police fatally shot a knife-wielding woman at a bus stop near a CVS where she was threatening employees Friday night after two attempts to use a stun gun on her were unsuccessful, a Chicago Police Department spokesman said.
The shooting occurred in the 3900 block of North Western Avenue after police responded to a 911 call about 5:45 at a CVS, Al Nagode, the Area North deputy chief of patrol, said outside of the drug store.
When police arrived on the scene, employees told them a woman was brandishing a weapon and threatening employees and had gone to the bus stop outside, Nagode said.
Police found the woman at the bus stop brandishing a knife and making threatening statements toward the officers, Nagode said. Police attempted to get the woman to drop the knife but she would not comply, he said.
Darryl Dixon said he witnessed the shooting and said, despite the Taser wires hanging from her body, the woman refused to drop her weapon.
“I heard her say ‘I got a knife, I will cut you, I will cut you, stand back, I will cut either one of you!'" Dixon recalled.
Police attempted two times to subdue the woman with a Taser after she made "lunging" motions toward them, Nagode said. When the Tasers failed to stop the woman, police shot her with their firearms, he said.
The woman was taken to Illinois Masonic where police "believe" she was pronounced dead, Nagode said. Chicago Fire Department officials said she was in her 40s.
A weapon was recovered from the scene, police said.
No other information was immediately available about the woman.
The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on customary 30-day administrative leave as the Independent Police Review Authority investigates, according to Anthony Guglielmi, a department spokesman.
No officers were injured, police said.