Chicago suburban police shoot and kill man who draws gun at hospital

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Posted: Nov 03, 2014 2:22 PM

By Mary Wisniewski

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago suburban police shot and killed a car accident victim who drew a gun at a hospital and then refused commands to drop it, police said on Monday.

Late Sunday night, Illinois State Police responded to a car accident and arrested the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence, said police in Highland Park, 27 miles north of Chicago.

A 27-year-old man was a passenger in the vehicle, along with a minor. Both were taken to Highland Park Hospital, police said in a statement.

Early Monday, Highland Park Police said, they got a call for help from the hospital because the man was being aggressive. Police and hospital staff tried to calm the man, but he drew a handgun, police said. After repeated efforts to get him to drop the gun, police shot and killed him.

The man, from Waukegan, Illinois, has not been identified. A hospital representative was not available for comment.

The Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, composed of the coroner, the state's attorney, and other law enforcement agencies, is investigating the incident.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)