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Police: Man tried robbing Waukegan police officer of his gun before being shot

Edward Prado, 27, of Waukegan

Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles said that a man tried robbing a police officer of his service gun before the officer shot him on December 26.

Authorities said that at 5 p.m. a Waukegan police officer was sitting in his squad car on the west side of the police department on North West Street when he was approached by a man, later identified as Edward Prado, 27, of Waukegan.

Police Chief Wayne Walles said that Prado had pointed what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun at the officer and demanded the officer’s service weapon. The officer then shot Prado.

Police said that the black semi-automatic handgun turned out to be a BB gun. Police also said that the car Prado drove to the police department before the shooting was stolen.

Prado was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The officer was also taken to an area hospital for precautionary measures where he was treated and released, officials said.

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An arrest warrant was issued for Prado while he was in the hospital on December 28. He was transferred from the hospital to jail on January 9. Prado is now being held in the Lake County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

He was charged with aggravated robbery, attempting to disarm a peace officer, possession of a stolen vehicle, and aggravated assault.

The incident is still under investigation by the Illinois State Police.


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