A Joliet police officer shot a man armed with a handgun who fled a Wednesday night traffic stop on Linden Avenue, police said.
Multiple shots were fired by police and the 36-year-old man was struck three times, according to a statement released by Romeoville Police Chief Ken Kroll, who is the spokesman for the Will-Grundy Major Crimes Task Force.
The task force was called in to investigate the shooting, according to the Joliet police.
The wounded man was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over shortly after 11 p.m. on Linden between Gardner and Sherman streets, according to a statement released by the Joliet Police Department.
After the traffic stop, the man “fled from the vehicle while armed with a handgun,” police said.
An officer caught up to the fleeing man, who “refused multiple commands regarding the handgun, according to police.
“The Officer then discharged his duty weapon, striking the suspect,” police said. “The suspect continued to flee after being struck by gunfire and was located nearby, hiding from Officers.”
“Our preliminary investigation did recover a handgun from the offender,” Kroll said.
The officers rendered medical assistance and the wounded man was transported to an area hospital, according to police, and his “condition is unknown at this time.”
“The offender is hospitalized and expected to recover,” Kroll said.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Source: The Daily Chronicle