Aurora police shot person who charged at officer with knives, police say
AURORA, Illinois - Aurora police shot a man who they said was armed with knives on Sunday. The person was hospitalized in critical condition.
Police said they were dispatched to a home on the 900 block of Colorado Avenue for a report of "a subject armed with multiple knives" and making threats toward family members at the scene.
Aurora Police said that officers tried "de-escalation tactics that were unsuccessful."
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They said the person "charged an officer while still armed with knives" and the officer opened fire while retreating.
Aurora Police said "officers immediately rendered aid until Aurora Fire Department medics arrived on scene."
The suspect was transported to an area hospital and is currently listed in critical condition.
The name, age and gender of the person who was shot have not been released.
"This is a very unfortunate situation for everyone involved," Aurora police Chief Keith Cross said at a news conference Monday morning. "My hope is that we all support one another and help each other get through this difficult situation that unfolded yesterday."
Cross did not reveal how many times the man had been shot or the kind of knives he was wielding.
Officers also used "less lethal options" to try and subdue the man, Cross said. He didn’t specify which options he was referring to, citing the ongoing investigation.
Cross also said officers had previously been to the residence where the shooting occurred, but he didn’t disclose the nature of the previous police responses.
The officer was hospitalized "per department policy" and was later released.
All officers who responded to the incident have been placed on administrative leave.
The shooting is under investigation by the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.