Cops: Knife-wielding man shot to death by police after lunging at officers

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An allegedly suicidal man with a knife who was shot by Chicago Police on Christmas Day has died.

He was identified as 25-year-old Terrence Gilbert of the 500 block of East 67th, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Gilbert, of the 500 block of East 67th Street, was shot after he lunged at officers, injuring one of them, authorities said.

The incident had started when Grand Crossing District police officers drove up to a building at 6:40 p.m. in the 400 block of East Marquette Road in the Woodlawn neighborhood to respond to a call of a man threatening suicide, according to Deputy Chief Berscott Ruiz of the South Chicago District.

When the officers got out of their vehicle, they saw a man sitting on a porch. The man lunged at them with a knife and twice struck the protective vest of one of the officers, Ruiz had said on the scene Thursday night, citing a preliminary report.

The man started walking eastbound, and when the officers asked him to drop his weapon, he turned around and again lunged at the officers, Ruiz said.

Gilbert was shot twice in the torso and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he later died, police said.

The injured officer also was taken to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries, Ruiz said. He was listed in good condition.

The knife used in the incident was recovered, police said.

Ruiz didn’t take questions from the media at the scene of the incident.

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