Officers fatally shot a knife-wielding man after failing to control him with a Taser. The knife-wielding man was shot early Saturday morning. Local authorities had responded to a call about a person stabbed in Vittum Park around 1:40 am. At that point, a knife-wielding man approached the officers.
The incident escalated when officers asked the man to drop the knife and he refused Chicago Police Chief of Operations Brian McDermott said at a press conference Saturday morning.
An officer attempted to use a Taser to control the individual but was unsuccessful. At that moment the man lunged at officers, police said. Officers then shot the man, striking him several times in the body.
The man was pronounced dead on the scene a short time later, according to police.
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During a media availability Saturday afternoon, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said that during the struggle the knife-wielding man stabbed a female police sergeant in her protective vest several times, CNN affiliate WLS-TV in Chicago reported.
Three officers were taken to a nearby hospital for observation, but their condition is unknown at this time, police said.