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Man shot in officer-involved shooting in North Aurora


An officer-involved shooting happened at approximately 11:17 p.m. Wednesday in North Aurora, killing a suicidal man, according to a press release.


Members of the North Aurora Police Department responded to the 600 block of Birchwood Drive in pursuit of a 54-year-old man whose not been further identified.


Law enforcement authorities said they were advised that a man was driving a gold Lincoln Navigator and is believed to be armed with a handgun. Upon responding to the area, officers learned that the man was making suicidal statements and threatening to shoot someone.


At approximately 11:37 p.m., an officer reported a man seen driving in his vehicle in the area of Timber Oaks Drive and Eastview Road. Authorities said officers attempted to stop the man, but he did not stop until pulling into his driveway in the 600 block of Birchwood Drive.


Authorities said the man had a handgun and was holding it to his head.


The man exited his vehicle, moved toward the residence, which was occupied, authorities said. He attempted to gain entry through the open garage door, and he ignored multiple commands to stop.


Authorities turned to lifesaving efforts after an officer fired one round to strike the man, who fell to the ground.


A short time later, paramedics arrived and transported the subject to AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, where he later died at 12:35 a.m., authorities said. A handgun was retrieved at the scene.


In accordance with North Aurora Police Department policy, the officer involved in the shooting is on paid leave pending the investigation of the incident.


The Kane County Major Crimes Task Force is leading the investigation and has yet to provide further comment.

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