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  • This home on the 1800 block of Maple Lane was the scene of a domestic dispute Sunday that ended with Sleepy Hollow police officers shooting Erdenebileg Sambuunyam of Buffalo Grove, who police said was armed with a knife outside the home.

       This home on the 1800 block of Maple Lane was the scene of a domestic dispute Sunday that ended with Sleepy Hollow police officers shooting Erdenebileg Sambuunyam of Buffalo Grove, who police said was armed with a knife outside the home.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

 
 

A 40-year-old Buffalo Grove man shot and killed Sunday by two Sleepy Hollow police officers has been identified as Erdenebileg Sambuunyam, the Kane County coroner's office said Wednesday.

It took authorities two days to notify Sambuunyam's next of kin.

Sambuunyam was shot shortly before noon Sunday after brandishing a knife and attempting to cut two officers outside a home on the 1800 block of Maple Lane near Hemlock Drive, police said.

He was pronounced dead at 12:38 p.m. Sunday at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin. The cause of death is pending autopsy and toxicology results, coroner's office officials said.

The conditions of two people injured during the domestic disturbance -- a male, and a female who suffered a head wound -- are unknown.

According to Kane County court records, Sambuunyam was detained by Kane County Sheriff's deputies and charged with felony criminal trespassing and misdemeanor theft for a Dec. 1 incident on the 40W500 block of Bowes Road in Elgin Township, according to court records.

A Mongolian interpreter was present at a hearing in which his bond was set at $20,000. Sambuunyam posted $2,000 on Dec. 6 and was released from Kane County jail. He missed his Feb. 14 court date and a warrant was issued for his arrest, records show.

Sambuunyam also had a court appearance scheduled Monday in Lake County stemming from a Feb. 13 domestic battery arrest at his Buffalo Grove residence in the 1200 block of Deerfield Parkway, according to Buffalo Grove police records.

He was intoxicated and had severely beaten up his girlfriend whom he threatened to kill, according to the Buffalo Grove arrest report.

Illinois State Police is investigating the officer-involved shooting. Meanwhile, the two police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid leave.

Sleepy Hollow Police Chief James Linane could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

It was the first officer-involved fatal shooting for Sleepy Hollow, a village of 3,500 residents. The police department has 12 officers.

In the past 15 years, there have been at least 15 fatal police shootings in the suburbs, often after standoffs with police or in "suicide-by-cop" situations, according to Daily Herald research.

• Daily Herald staff writer Harry Hitzeman contributed to this report.


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