A Grayslake police officer responding to a suicidal person call shot and seriously wounded a man who was armed with a replica pistol late Tuesday evening.
The Grayslake Police Department responded around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday to the 1600 block of Fairport Drive in Grayslake for a report of a person threatening suicide.
Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli said the person threatening suicide was a 28-year-old Round Lake man.
The person who called 911 was the mother of the 28-year-old man. The mother was not at the scene but spoke with her son on the phone.
Police officers arrived on the scene and attempted to speak with the man.
As two officers approached the front door, the man exited the home and was armed with a pistol, Covelli said.
At least one of the officer’s opened fire on the man, striking him an undisclosed number of times.
Officers rendered aid to the man until paramedics, who were already staging nearby, arrived at the scene.
Covelli said the man was transported to an area hospital by ambulance where he remains in serious, but stable condition.
It was determined the object pointed at officers was a replica semi-automatic pistol with a black and silver finish. There were no markings on the firearm to indicate it was not real, Covelli said.
An extended relative of the man owned the home on Fairport Drive where the shooting occurred.
The Grayslake Police Department requested the assistance of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force to respond to the scene in accordance with state law and department policy.
“The purpose of the Task Force response is to conduct an independent investigation. The results of the investigation and evidence obtained during the investigation will be turned over to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office for analysis,” Covelli said.