Flossmoor police release bodycam video after woman, 64, fatally shot by officers

Woman shot by Flossmoor officers had large knife, police say

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Thursday, July 14, 2022
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Flossmoor police have released bodycam video of a fatal shooting of 64-year-old Madeline Miller over the weekend.

FLOSSMOOR, Ill. (WLS) -- Flossmoor police have released bodycam video of a fatal shooting of a 64-year-old woman over the weekend.

Police said the video shows an officer responding to a domestic dispute call Sunday on the 1400-block of Joyce.

The video shows an officer knocking on the door. When the door opens, a woman is seen coming down the hallway with a knife. Flossmoor police added the highlight to the video they released Thursday.

The officer demands the woman drop it. As the woman makes her way outside, the officer opens fire, hitting her arm.

Eyewitness News is stopping the video just before the officer fires the first shot.

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The video continues and shows the woman still advancing at the officer who fires again. Again, we've stopped the video before the shots are fired.

The woman was later identified as 64-year-old Madeline Miller. Investigators say they responded to the home after Miller threatened and attacked a family member.

Neighbors reacted after watching the footage.

"What I seen was just unbelievable," neighbor Javetta Green said. "She's elderly and slow moving. She probably didn't even comprehend what it stand back mean to her."

Marlo Simon also lives on the block.

"Police are equipped with tasers, batons," Simon said. "I think each situation has to be assessed and people should walk into a situation using their skills and training."

Police said Miller moved towards officers at a "quick pace" with the knife and she ignored officers' repeated directives to drop it.

Immediately after the shooting, police said officers attempted first aid on Miller.

Eyewitness News reached out to the Flossmoor department for a response.

Police said, in part, that an Illinois State Police special task force is conducting a separate investigation and the responding officers have been put on placed on administrative leave per department's policy.