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Naperville shooting today: Police shoot, kill man who allegedly attacked officer with hatchet near McDowell Road, Bond Street


NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WLS) – A veteran Naperville police officer shot and killed a man who attacked him with a hatchet during a traffic stop in an office park Friday morning, police said.

In a news release, Naperville Police said the officer was conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of Bond Street and McDowell Road when an unrelated vehicle pulled up next to the one he stopped around 11 a.m.

“A man quickly exited the vehicle and charged at the officer with an ax in hand,” Naperville Police Chief Jason Arres said.

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Naperville police released an image from the officer’s body camera showing the confrontation and the hatchet in the suspect’s hand.

Naperville officers had just been fitted with body-worn cameras last month.

The officer fired his weapon and struck the suspect, who was described by police as a white male in his 20s. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The suspect’s identity is being withheld pending notification of the family.

ABC7 spoke to the attacker’s brother who was unable to shed light on the reasons for all of this. He said investigators went to the family’s home to speak with relatives. He didn’t have much else to add but said, “We’re sorry to everyone involved.”

Police are trying to determine if the man who allegedly attacked the officer was somehow related to the person in the car they pulled over.

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The officer, a 22-year veteran of the Naperville Police Department, was not injured in the incident, police said.

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Squad cars, large police vehicles, a robot and officers in protective gear could be seen in the area near Route 59 and Diehl Road around 1 p.m. They removed several bags and suitcases from the suspect’s car, placing them on the ground to be x-rayed. .

At one point, the police deployed a robot. Authorities declined to say exactly what was found.

Two cars have been cordoned off with crime scene tape and there appear to be road closures in place.

An ax and other apparent personal items could be seen on the pavement between the office complexes.

The Metropolitan DuPage County Emergency Response and Investigation Team and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office are conducting an independent investigation into the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call MERIT Public Integrity Team Commander Lt. Thayer at 630-434-5653.

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