Man shot by Skokie police charged

Knife-wielding man shot by Skokie police

September 3, 2013 1:24:36 PM PDT
A man who allegedly threatened officers with a knife and was shot in the leg by police Saturday in north suburban Skokie has been charged, police said.

P. Alan Luche Corro, 53, was charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, simple assault and attempted criminal trespass, according to Skokie police.

On Saturday morning, police were notified that a man had grabbed a woman's wrist on a CTA bus in Evanston bound for Skokie, authorities said.

Corro later confronted a business owner on the sidewalk in the 4800 block of Oakton Avenue. The owner ran back into her business and locked the door, but the man attempted to break it down, authorities said.

When Skokie police arrived, Corro took out a knife and lunged toward the officers, police said. Officers tried using pepper spray and their batons to subdue Corro, but were unsuccessful, they said. When Corro lunged toward the officers with a knife again, an officer shot Corro in the left leg, authorities said.

Corro was ordered held on $150,000 and will be back in court Sept. 24.

A bystander who asked not to be identified recorded the Saturday morning confrontation on his cellphone.

"An officer arrived shortly on the scene and sees the suspect matching that description, asks him to stop. As he's asking him to stop, turns to him and realizes he's holding a knife," said Sgt. David Pawlak.

Police say as the incident made its way to the intersection of Oakton Street and Skokie Blvd. the man lunged at officers again. That's when a 14-year veteran if the Skokie police force fired at the suspect.

The suspect was taken to the hospital in stable condition. He remained there under police guard. Officials say no Skokie officers were injured in the incident. They also say this is the first time in five years there has been a police-involved shooting in Skokie.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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