Authorities identify man killed in Zion after shooting at police

A man who was shot and killed after firing at police Thursday night in Zion has been identified. 

At about 6:20 p.m., a person called the Zion Police to report a 47-year-old relative was trying to break into her home in the 2800 block of Ezra Avenue, according to Zion police. The caller said she had an order of protection against the relative, police said. 

George Franklin, 47, was confronted by two police officers near the back door of the home when he pulled out a gun and began to shoot, police said, prompting the officers to retreat, according to police and the Lake County coroner’s office.


Franklin ran about one block west with the firearm, where a third Zion officer encountered and shot him, police said. The man's firearm was recovered at the scene, police said.

Officers attempted life-saving efforts, and the man was transported to a Vista East Medical Center in Waukegan, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

No officers were injured..

Police determined the caller did have an order of protection against the man, however, the man had not yet been served with the order.

The Lake County Major Crime Task Force is investigating.