Joliet police shoot ‘heavily armed’ man

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A man armed with two rifles was shot by Joliet officers Tuesday night in the southwest suburb, according to police.

Two officers went to a home in the 2400 block of Rockwood Drive about 7:50 p.m. after a woman reported a domestic disturbance, according to a statement from Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton.

The woman flagged the officers down around the corner from the home, and she said she was the victim of domestic violence, police said. She told the officers the man was still inside the home “heavily armed.”

The officers walked to the home and the man came outside carrying two semi-automatic assault rifles, police said. He pointed a rifle at each of the officers, and they told him to drop the weapons.

He refused, and the officers fired, shooting him several times, police said. He was taken into custody and “additional weapons” were recovered from his body, police said.

The man was taken to Silver Cross Hospital and later airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he remains in critical condition, police said.

The officers were also treated at a hospital for injuries not thought to be life-threatening, police said. They have been placed on administrative leave pending a review of the shooting.

Police said charges against the man who was shot are pending as of late Wednesday morning.

It was the second police-involved shooting in Joliet this month.

Shaquille Barrow, 20, was fatally shot about 4:30 p.m. March 3, authorities said at the time.

A woman reported a burglary in the 100 block of Mississippi and responding officers  stopped two suspects, police said. As they were searching the suspects, one of the officers spotted the butt of a handgun sticking out of one of the men’s pants.

The officer drew his Taser and ordered the suspect not to move, and he ran, police said. The officer chased him and ordered him to halt, and the man began retrieving the gun from his pocket, police said.

The officer fired, striking Barrow twice. He was taken to Saint Joseph Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The second suspect is not in custody.

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