Man killed by police in Vernon Hills identified

 
 
Updated 9/18/2018 6:54 AM
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  • Authorities on Monday identified 34-year-old Randy Rausch as the man shot and killed by a police officer during a confrontation early Saturday outside a home on the 100 block of Marimac Lane in Vernon Hills.

      Authorities on Monday identified 34-year-old Randy Rausch as the man shot and killed by a police officer during a confrontation early Saturday outside a home on the 100 block of Marimac Lane in Vernon Hills. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

A man shot by a police officer outside a Vernon Hills home early Saturday has been identified as 34-year-old Randy Rausch, authorities said Monday.

Rausch was pronounced dead at 2:12 a.m. Saturday as a result of gunshot wounds, Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper said.

Cooper did not indicate how many gunshot wounds Rausch suffered or where he was hit.

Toxicology results are pending, he added.

The Lake County Major Crimes Task Force will interview the veteran police officer who shot Rausch while responding to domestic dispute at 1:38 a.m. Saturday outside a single-family home on Marimac Lane.

Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Sgt. Chris Covelli said the officer, whose name has not been released, has more than 20 years of experience.

According to investigators, the officer arrived at the home and encountered Rausch, who was inside the garage and armed with a rifle.

Covelli would not say how many times the officer fired, how many bullets hit Rausch or what type of rifle Rausch had.

A woman in the home was not injured. The officer was taken to a hospital for evaluation and released.

Covelli said police had been dispatched to the home multiple times in the past for a variety of calls, including several domestic-related incidents. However, Lake County court records show no one named Randy Rausch has ever been charged with a crime above a traffic citation or ordinance violation.

Covelli said Rausch did not possess a firearm owners identification card. In addition, he said, Vernon Hills police do not wear body cameras and do not have squad cars equipped with cameras.

The Lake County Major Crime Task Force continues to investigate, Covelli said.

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