Buffalo Grove officers fatally shoot man who called 911, fired guns in the air near responding cops

Police in Buffalo Grove shot and killed a man early Thursday after he called 911, fired two guns into the air and refused to drop the weapons when officers arrived. 

A 911 dispatcher received a call from a man claiming to have two handguns around 12:30 a.m. in the parking lot of a vacant church in the 1200 block of Radcliffe Road, according to Buffalo Grove Police Chief Steven Casstevens.

Casstevens said the caller said, "The dude popped off two rounds. He is dangerous." When the police dispatcher asked who was doing the shooting, the man reportedly said, "that would be me."

When they arrived, police saw the man point two guns to the sky and begin firing. The man refused orders to stop and drop his weapons and began walking toward the two officers when they shot him, police said.


Both officers fired their weapons but only one of them struck the man, who has been identified as 25-year-old Brian Howard.

Officers administered first-aid, but Howard was pronounced dead at the scene. 

"I heard a few pops and I couldn't discern whether they were fireworks or gunshots but they did cause me some concern," Robert Foulkes, who was nearby at the time of the shooting, said. "Subsequently, after a brief pause, I heard several more. Somewhere in the neighborhood of four, five or six. After a minute or two, I obviously figured calling the police and letting them know what I suspected happened."

Both officers were evaluated and released from a nearby hospital but were not injured during the shooting. They were placed on administrative leave.

Police said they believe Howard was the same person who made the initial 911 call.

The Lake County Major Crimes Task Force is investigating.