Authorities mum about Sleepy Hollow fatal police shooting

Updated 3/11/2014 6:01 PM

Two days after two Sleepy Hollow police officers shot and killed a man who lunged at them with a knife, authorities remain mum about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Illinois State Police is investigating the matter -- customary in any officer-involved shooting. Authorities are holding off on releasing the name of the deceased man until next of kin has been notified, state police Sgt. Jose De Jesus said Tuesday.


The man was shot shortly before noon Sunday after brandishing a knife and attempting to cut two officers outside a residence on the 1800 block of Maple Lane near Hemlock Drive, police said Sunday. Two others -- a male, and a female who suffered a head wound -- were injured during the disturbance. Their conditions are unknown.

Kane County Coroner Rob Russell and Sleepy Hollow Police Chief James Linane could not be reached Tuesday.

The two police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid leave while state police investigates.

The police department comprises only 12 officers.

It was the first officer-involved fatal shooting for Sleepy Hollow, a village of 3,500 residents.

State police could not confirm how many officer-involved fatal shootings the agency has investigated in the suburbs.

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.

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