In a press 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 had pulled over.
A man exited the vehicle and charged at the officer with a hatchet in his hand, Naperville police said. They released an image from the officer’s bodycam showing the confrontation and the axe in the suspect’s hand.
The officer fired his gun and hit the suspect, who was described by police as a white male in his 20s. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The suspect’s identity is being withheld pending notification of family.
The officer, a 22-year-old veteran of the Naperville police department, was not injured in the incident, police said.
Squad cars, large police vehicles, a robot and officers in protective gear could be seen in the area near Route 59 and Diehl Road about 1 p.m.
Two cars were cordoned off with crime scene tape, and there appeared to be some road closures in place.
An axe and other apparent personal items could be seen in the roadway between office complexes.
The DuPage County Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigative 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 Lt. Thayer, commander of MERIT’s public integrity team, at 630-434-5653.
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