An off-duty police officer shot a 22-year-old man after authorities say the man almost struck the officer with a vehicle in a parking lot Monday evening in Waukegan.
The Waukegan Police Department and Waukegan Fire Department responded around 5:50 p.m. Monday to the 2200 block of North Butrick Street for a report of a shooting.
Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles said that an off-duty Waukegan police officer, who was in uniform, was approached by a citizen who reported a suspicious vehicle parked in an apartment building parking lot.
“As the officer began to investigate, the vehicle sped off almost striking the officer. The officer fired his duty pistol striking the suspect at least once,” Walles said in a statement.
The suspect, identified as a 22-year-old Waukegan man, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition.
The officer involved is an 18-year veteran of the Waukegan Police Department and is assigned to the patrol division. He was taken to a local hospital for a precautionary exam and released.
The Illinois State Police Zone 1 Investigation Division was called to assist with the investigation. Additional details are expected to be released Monday, police said.