Man shot, killed by police after slow chase

January 12, 2010 2:54:11 PM PST
Franklin Park police shot and killed a driver with a revoked license and a history of DUI convictions after a slow speed chase and confrontation. Officials say Dan Mojziszek, 53, tried to run down a police officer with his car.

Mojziszek, who has not held a license in 20 years, allegedly led police through Franklin Park and several other west suburban towns before the deadly confrontation in Northlake.

"Definitely not something you see every day," said Nick Chrysler, witness. "He was obviously swerving and stuff like he had been drinking."

Chrysler followed the slow speed chase. According to police, the driver, identified as Mojziszek, ignored verbal commands to get out of the car and tried to strike officers with his vehicle. Police said the officers then fired several rounds, hitting and killing the suspects. Chrysler said it seemed like it only took officers seconds to get out of their cars and start shooting.

"You couldn't see whether the guy- like they said- was trying to drive the car. You couldn't see that cause it was surrounded by cops," said Chrysler.

Mojziszek has a long criminal history. His license was revoked in 1991 when he was sentenced to a five years after a DUI and four years for fleeing police. The mayor of Franklin Park said Mojziszek had a reputation as a violent person and officers did not use excessive force.

"I can tell you with the officers in Franklin park are some of the finest around. They always use a great amount of judgment when they have to use force? and I'm sure that will be the outcome of the investigation in this case," said Mayor Barrett Pederson.

Those who know Mojziszek say that the problems could have stemmed from mental illness. He was recently treated at a hospital for psychiatric reasons

"I saw a car in the driveway and was hopeful that that wasn't his car and that he wasn't driving that car. I have known his record over the years and was hoping he wouldn't go back to the same old stuff," said Steve Messinger, neighbor.

A Franklin Park police offer was injured during the confrontation- but is expected to be OK. The shooting is under investigation by the Illinois State Police, which is customary.


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