Chicago-area officer fatally shoots suspect who ran at him with a hatchet, shocking video shows


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Police released video on Tuesday of a fatal shooting involving an officer earlier this month when an officer in a Chicago suburb fired multiple shots at a man who allegedly charged at him with a hatchet as he was carrying out a traffic check.

The Naperville, Illinois police officer was conducting a traffic stop for a minor violation for about 11 minutes at 11 a.m. on June 3 with a driver who was pulled to the side of the road. That’s when the suspect’s car suddenly stopped in the middle of the road, according to body camera video released by the Naperville Police Department.

Dash camera footage from the officer’s patrol car shows the officer opening fire on the suspect as he runs towards the officer with a hatchet.
(Naperville Police Department)

“Who are you, man? the officer can be heard saying on the video as the suspect begins to get out of his car.

After exiting, he runs straight towards the hatchet-wielding officer, the video shows. The officer fires his weapon several times and the suspect falls.

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“I have just been attacked, shots, shots!” the officer can be heard saying on his radio. He tells the suspect not to move and keeps his gun on him.

“Oh, my G–! Holy shit!” the officer can be heard saying as he tries to catch his breath in shock from the attack.

“Stay in your car, man! Not moving ! he shouts at the person he had arrested who had remained in his car a few steps from the incident.

He then calls a doctor.

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The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Edward C. Samaan, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A close up of the suspect's hatchet as he runs towards the officer.

A close up of the suspect’s hatchet as he runs towards the officer.
(Naperville Police Department)

Neither the officer nor any bystanders were injured in the attack, Naperville Police Chief Jason Arres said, adding “any loss of life is tragic” and their “thoughts” are with the suspect’s family.

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Arres said the incident demonstrates “how dangerous the job of a police officer is”.

The officer, who has not been identified, is a 22-year veteran of the force, according to FOX 32 Chicago.

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It is unclear why the suspect drove up and attacked the officer. An independent investigation is underway.


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