An injured man armed with a meat cleaver died after he allegedly lunged at a sheriff’s deputy who was trying to provide medical aid to him near Round Lake Wednesday.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 4:05 p.m. Wednesday to the 34200 block of North Barberry Court in unincorporated Round Lake.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said deputies received a report of a man bleeding who needed help.
The 911 caller believed her friend’s relative had committed suicide.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found an adult male unconscious and unresponsive on a mattress in the living room of the home.
There was a significant amount of blood around the man, Covelli said.
The sheriff’s deputy checked his pulse and found that he still had a pulse.
The deputy then started to remove pieces of the man’s clothing to determine where his wounds were to provide aid.
The man woke up as the deputy was providing aid. Covelli said the man immediately retrieved a meat cleaver that was next to him and lunged at the deputy.
The deputy, along with another person in the home, retreated but the man charged at the deputy and the other person with the meat cleaver in his hand, Covelli said.
Covelli said the deputy fired his gun at the man, striking the suspect.
The deputy, along with another deputy who arrived, began lifesaving measures.
Paramedics were already nearby waiting for the scene to be deemed safe. They moved up to the residence to take over medical care.
The man was transported to an area hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead shortly after, Covelli said.
The sheriff’s deputy involved was transported to an area hospital for an evaluation.
The Lake County Major Crime Task Force was requested to conduct an independent investigation of the incident.