Aurora police shooting: Man armed with knives critically injured after allegedly charging officer

ByTre Ward and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Monday, February 6, 2023
Aurora police shooting: Man armed with knives critically injured after allegedly charging officer
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The man's family said this was a mental health situation that ended in violence.

AURORA, Ill. (WLS) -- A man was critically injured Sunday in a police-involved shooting in Aurora. The man's family said this was a mental health situation that ended in violence.

An apparent call from family for help quickly escalated to a 21-year-old man shot by police in this driveway.

Police responded to a home in the 900-block of Colorado Avenue near Elmwood around 11 a.m. for a report of a person armed with multiple knives and making threats towards other people at the scene, according to officials.

Family members of the man told ABC7 off camera that he was having a mental health episode at the time and police were called after he had a dispute with his girlfriend.

When Aurora police officers arrived, they located the person with knives and said they attempted de-escalation tactics that were unsuccessful.

A neighbor who said she witnessed the shooting also told ABC7 off camera that police were trying to get the man to come out from the garage.

Police claim the armed person then charged an officer. The officer discharged their firearm, striking the subject, police said.

Officials said officers immediately rendered aid until Aurora Fire Department medics arrived on the scene and he was transported to a local hospital and is currently listed in critical condition.

The man's family said he was shot multiple times throughout his body, and is being sedated at the hospital.

The officer involved in the shooting was also transported to the hospital, per policy, but has since been released.

An independent agency is conducting an investigation and the Aurora Police Department has turned over its investigation to the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force.

Aurora police are expected to provide more information on the case Monday.