Police officers in north suburban Round Lake Beach shot and killed a man wielding a sledgehammer after he also beat two women with that weapon.
Officers responded to a home in the 2000 block of Redwood Drive around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, where they found two female victims in a garage with blunt force injuries to their faces and heads, the County Sheriff’s Office said. Lake County. Both women were hospitalized with “serious injuries.”
The man, whose age has not been released, came to the front door armed with a hammer when police approached the home. He refused to disarm himself and lunged at the officers, at which point one of them deployed a Taser, police said.
The man lunged at officers three times near the front door before raising the hammer and heading toward an officer again. “At least one of the officers” then shot the man, police said.
Police officers rendered aid to the suspect until paramedics came to his aid. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Three Round Lake Beach police officers were also hospitalized for evaluation, police said.
The Lake County Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident.