Illinois police fatally shot a man who, authorities say, was wearing a homemade tactical-style vest, carrying a BB gun and taking photographs of schools Wednesday. The incident reportedly took place in Zion, a far suburb of Chicago.
Police reportedly did not release the identity of the suspect, but said he was a white 38-year-old man. Lake County Sheriff's Detective Christopher Covelli said that the man was shot after he led officers to chase him on foot and scuffle ensued, according to Fox News. The incident occurred after police received a 911 call saying that a suspicious man was taking pictures of an elementary school.
"The suspicious person was located by officers, and a foot pursuit ensued. It appeared the offender was wearing body armor. After the foot pursuit, a struggle with the offender and officers ensued, which resulted in the offender being shot," Lake County Major Crimes Task Force reportedly said, in a statement.
Covelli reportedly said that the man’s body armor was a homemade tactical-style vest with metal inserts. He also reportedly said that officers tried to Taser the suspect, but that did not work as the man was wearing winter clothing.
It was unclear how many times the man was shot, reports said, adding that an autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.
Police are reportedly investigating the shooting as well as the incident, which had resulted in the lockdown of at least seven nearby schools. However, the lockdown was lifted Wednesday afternoon.