Kane sergeant cleared in shooting death of Batavia-area man

Updated 3/4/2014 7:31 PM

No charges will be filed against a Kane County sheriff's sergeant who shot and killed a Batavia Township man last July.

Kane County Sheriff Patrick Perez confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the Kane County state's attorney had decided not to press any charges, after receiving the results of an Illinois State Police investigation into the matter.


The state police found the shooting was justified, under the circumstances, according to Perez.

Perez said deputies were called to a house in the 3S300 block of Elfstrom Trail July 8 for a report of a man threatening to kill himself. The man, Luke Bulzak, had called his father in Wisconsin to tell him, so the father called 911 and Wisconsin authorities notified Kane County, Perez said Tuesday.

When deputies arrived, Bulzak was on the roof of the house. When officers asked him to drop his weapon, he pointed a rifle at deputies, Perez said at the time of the shooting. The sergeant shot Bulzak. He died that night at Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora.

According to a neighbor and Perez, Bulzak, 53, had Parkinson's disease, a degenerative neurological condition.

"I know he was on medication for that," Perez said.

Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon could not be reached for comment late Tuesday afternoon.

Perez extended condolences to Bulzak's family.

"We've kept them in our prayers this entire time," he said.

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