Police officer fatally shoots man armed with knife, hammer in Waukegan, officials say

Illinois State Police will investigate the use of force.

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A police officer fatally shot an armed man Aug. 24, 2022 in Waukegan.

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A police officer fatally shot a man who was wielding a knife and hammer Tuesday afternoon in Waukegan, according to officials.

About 12:45 p.m., officers responded to the 1000 block of Glen Court for a “dispute between neighbors,” according to a statement from Waukegan police.

When the officers arrived, a wooden fence separating the properties was on fire, police said. An officer tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher from his squad car when a 26-year-old man “advanced toward the officer,” according to police. He was allegedly carrying a knife and hammer, with a gas can taped to his chest, police said.

The officer told the man to stop and then shot him multiple times when he didn’t, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as Jesus Manjarrez by the Lake County coroner’s office.

The officer who opened fire is a 15-year veteran in his 30s, officials said. Waukegan Police Chief Keith Zupec requested that the Illinois State Police investigate the shooting.

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