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Murder suspect shot dead by police after opening fire on officers in Beach Park

The shooting happened in the area of Green Bay and Beach roads, officials said.

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A man wanted for murder was shot and killed by police after he allegedly opened fire on officers serving an arrest warrant in Beach Park.

Deputies were attempting to serve a first-degree murder warrant on a 24-year-old man about 12:30 p.m. in the 38500 block of North Green Bay Road in connection to a 2018 homicide in Zion, according to Lake County sheriff’s office spokesman Christopher Covelli.

“As deputies approached, the man with the warrant exited a vehicle on the property and opened fire on the warrants deputies,” Covelli said in a text message. Deputies returned fire and the man was fatally shot, he said.

He was identified as Brandon Gardner of Beach Park, the Lake County coroner’s office said. Preliminary autopsy results indicate he died of injuries from a gunshot wound.

Per policy in officer-involved shootings, the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force is investigating, Covelli said.