Authorities: St. Charles police shot man who pointed gun at them
St. Charles police shot a man armed with a handgun Thursday while responding to a report of a residential burglary, authorities said.
A resident on the 3400 block of Voltaire Lane called 911 about noon saying he believed an armed intruder had broken into his house, according to a news release from St. Charles police. Officers found the man running toward a neighborhood park.
As officers tried to surround the man, he pointed a handgun in their direction, officials said. Police then fired shots, Deputy Chief Erik Mahan said.
Officers administered first aid to the man and called paramedics, police said. The man was taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva but later was transferred to a Level 1 trauma center for additional treatment.
Police did not release the injured man's identity and provided no details about him.
Authorities also did not provide any details about how many times he was shot or the extent of his injuries.
The officers involved were also taken to Delnor Hospital as a precautionary measure, officials said. They have been treated and released.
Rene DeGraf, 18, said the man had been acting erratically earlier in the day and sent him Snapchats saying either "he was to kill himself or police were going to kill him." A couple of hours later, DeGraf said he heard three gunshots, walked outside and saw helicopters.
"He told me everything that was going to happen before it happened," said DeGraf, who said he has known the man since kindergarten.
Officials said the shooting was isolated and there is no threat to the public. Illinois State Police are investigating.
St. Charles police said they also are consulting with the Kane County state's attorney's office.