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State police investigating fatal officer-involved shooting in Des Plaines

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  • Illinois State Police are leading the investigation into the officer-involved shooting of an Elk Grove Township man in a Des Plaines strip mall's parking lot Sunday. Des Plaines police said two of its officers were injured in the fatal confrontation.

       Illinois State Police are leading the investigation into the officer-involved shooting of an Elk Grove Township man in a Des Plaines strip mall's parking lot Sunday. Des Plaines police said two of its officers were injured in the fatal confrontation.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Illinois State Police are leading the investigation into the officer-involved shooting of an Elk Grove Township man in a Des Plaines strip mall's parking lot Sunday. Des Plaines police said two of its officers were injured in the fatal confrontation.

       Illinois State Police are leading the investigation into the officer-involved shooting of an Elk Grove Township man in a Des Plaines strip mall's parking lot Sunday. Des Plaines police said two of its officers were injured in the fatal confrontation.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
 

The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force is leading the investigation into the fatal police shooting of an Elk Grove Township man described by authorities as a known gang member with an extensive criminal history involving drugs and weapons.

Carlos Salgado, 44, a married father who lived in the Oasis Mobile Home Park, was killed Sunday afternoon during a confrontation with police on the 1900 block of Touhy Avenue.

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According to Cook County court records, Salgado has a lengthy record that most recently includes a February arrest on two felony charges of possession of a controlled substance. He pleaded not guilty earlier this month and was due back in court June 4.

Details of the shooting remained scarce Monday as state police said investigators are in the process of gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses, agency spokeswoman Monique Bond said in an email. Des Plaines police said the officers involved in the shooting are on paid temporary leave at least until they can speak with investigators.

The confrontation occurred about 3:12 p.m. Sunday when a Des Plaines officer pulled Salgado over for a traffic violation. Salgado, police Sgt. Michael Holdman said, pulled his blue Hyundai Elantra into a shopping center parking lot on the 1900 block of Touhy, west of River Road.

The officer called for backup, and a second officer arrived at the scene a short time later, police said.

What happened next is unclear, but within 10 minutes, the two officers were injured and Salgado was shot in his car. Holdman said the officers were not shot but would not detail how they were injured. He also declined to disclose the traffic offense for which Salgado was stopped, how many shots were fired or if one or both officers fired their weapons.

The officers were treated at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and released, Holdman confirmed.

The Cook County medical examiner's office said Salgado died of a single gunshot wound to the armpit and ruled his death a homicide.

Salgado's criminal record included multiple convictions on drug and weapons offenses, court records show.

In a 2000 case, Salgado pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and felon in possession or use of a weapon or firearm. He was sentenced to six months in jail and three years probation. He later violated his probation and was sentenced to three years in prison, according to court records.

In 2009, Salgado received 30 months probation in exchange for a guilty plea to felony possession of a controlled substance. He again was found to have violated his probation and was sentenced to two years in prison.

He received probation in 1999 on a possession of a controlled substance conviction, and a year in jail on another felony drug charge in 2003. In 1990, he received one year of probation for unlawful use of a weapon, records show.

Holdman said once the state police finish their investigation the Des Plaines Police Department will review the findings and determine if its officers followed proper procedures.

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