Police used a taser and a bean bag gun to subdue a suicidal man armed with a knife after he told officers to shoot him Friday afternoon in Round Lake Park.
The Round Lake Park, Round Lake Beach and Round Lake police departments responded around 3 p.m. Friday to the 400 block of Forest Glenn Drive for a 911 call of a suicidal subject armed with a knife.
Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko said that a 26-year-old man’s roommate called police after he began acting irrational.
Officers located the 26-year-old near Washington Street and Forest Glenn Drive and tried to de-escalate the situation verbally with no success, Filenko said.
The man began moving towards officers and saying, “shoot me.” Officers fired less-than-lethal bean bags at the man but it was unsuccessful in disarming him, Filenko said.
Police then deployed a taser and were able to take him into custody. The man was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for a mental health evaluation.
“This is a textbook example of dealing with a situation like this. The incident could have resulted in the use of deadly force. Training, equipment and logistics prevented a bad situation from turning into a tragic one,” Filenko said.