State police are investigating after they say a man pulled a gun during a struggle with police in Waukegan and the gun “discharged,” fatally wounding the man Wednesday afternoon.
The Waukegan Police Department responded around 2:11 p.m. Wednesday to the CFSC Currency Exchange, 3200 Grand Avenue in Waukegan.
Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Brian Mullen said officers received a call regarding a stolen vehicle investigation.
Officers arrived on the scene and a man fled on foot from them, Mullen said.
A struggle ensued between the 32-year-old man and an officer, according to Illinois State Police.
The man drew a firearm from his person and it discharged during the struggle, state police said.
Mullen said the man was the one who discharged the weapon.
State police said the officer did not discharge their weapon.
The shooting happened outside of the currency exchange.
Paramedics with the Waukegan Fire Department transported the man to an area hospital for treatment where he died from his injuries.
The man’s identity is being withheld until his family has been notified.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office said they had scheduled an autopsy on the man for Thursday.
Mullen said the officer was not injured but was taken to an area hospital for a precautionary exam and released.
The officer is a six-year veteran of the Waukegan Police Department and is assigned to the patrol division.
Mullen said the officer has been placed on administrative leave.
The Illinois State Police Zone 1 Investigation Division is investigating the incident.