The coroner has identified a 22-year-old man who was fatally shot by police after he attacked and injured two female family members with a sledgehammer in Round Lake Beach.
An autopsy performed Thursday showed Brandon Berry, 22, of Round Lake Beach, died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek.
The Round Lake Beach Police Department and Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District responded around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday to the 2000 block of Redwood Drive in Round Lake Beach for a report of a domestic battery in progress involving a deadly weapon.
Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli said it was reported that a person armed with a sledgehammer was attacking others inside a home.
Officers arrived and attempted to rescue the victims from inside the home.
They successfully brought two adult women, who had serious head injuries from being struck with an object, outside of the house, Covelli said.
They were brought across the street to awaiting ambulances nearby for treatment.
Officers simultaneously made contact with Berry inside the home.
Covelli said the suspect was still holding the sledgehammer and aggressively advanced at officers with it near the front porch.
At least one officer deployed a taser in an unsuccessful attempt to subdue Berry.
The officers attempted to retreat and the suspect advanced on the officers, Covelli said.
An officer who had a shield used the shield to push Berry back.
Berry took an aggressive stance by raising the sledgehammer, Covelli said. He appeared to focus on one specific officer.
At least one of the Round Lake Beach police officers fired their gun and Berry was struck by the gunfire.
He collapsed at the scene and aid was rendered before paramedics took over care, Covelli said. Berry was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead.
The two female victims were also transported to the hospital along with three police officers, who are being evaluated.
Covelli said that the shots were fired approximately five minutes after officers arrived.
Berry and the victims were family members, Covelli said.
The Lake County Major Crime Task Force was notified and is conducting an independent investigation.
Covelli said investigators are reviewing bodycam video, dashcam video, surveillance cameras and interviewing witnesses.
The case will be turned over to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office once the investigation is complete.
Police have a history of domestic disturbances at the residence and Berry is known to law enforcement.
In July, the man was arrested after he allegedly made sexual comments to a child and followed the child all the way to her home in Round Lake Beach.