Waukegan cop fatally shoots man armed with knife, hammer and gas can: police

A Waukegan police officer shot and killed a man who allegedly came at him with a knife, hammer and gas can taped to his chest Wednesday afternoon.

The incident occurred around 12:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of Glen Court.

According to police, Waukegan police were called to the area for a reported neighbor dispute. Police were told a neighbor was trying to start a chainsaw and had gasoline.


When the officer arrived at the scene, police say a wooden fence separating the two properties in question was on fire. The officer then went back to his squad car to get a fire extinguisher.

"As he was going onto the property to put the fire out, he was approached by the neighbor with a knife, a hammer and a gas can strapped to him," said Waukegan Police Deputy Chief Joe Florip.

Florip said the man refused the officer's verbal commands and was fatally shot when he raised his arm holding the knife.

He was identified as Jesus Manjarrez by the Lake County coroner’s office.

Monica Thornton’s mother lives next door, and she says her mom’s house was attacked and the windows were broken before police arrived.

"Never had problems with him at all, at all," said Thornton about Manjarrez.

The officer involved in the shooting is a 15-year police veteran in his 30s.

Illinois State Police are now investigating.

Waukegan police have body cameras and the officer’s camera was rolling, but that footage has not yet been released.