Naperville police released a graphic video Tuesday that shows a veteran Naperville police officer fatally shooting a 28-year-old Naperville man who came at him with a hatchet on June 3.
Police said the officer was conducting a traffic stop around 11 a.m. on June 3 near the intersection of Bond Street and McDowell Road when another vehicle pulled up and a man armed with a hatchet got out and charged the officer.
The officer, who is a 22-year veteran with the department, fired six shots, striking 28-year-old Edward C. Samaan, police said.
“I’ve just been attacked, shots fired, shots fired. Don’t move, don’t move,” the officer can be heard saying. “Send a medic!”
WATCH (warning: graphic video)
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The officer holds the shot man at gunpoint while waiting for police backup and paramedics to arrive.
The man, identified Edward C. Samaan by the DuPage County Coroner’s Office, was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The cause and manner of death remain pending further investigation, including toxicology reports, the coroner’s office said in a statement.
“Any loss of life is tragic, and our thoughts are with the family of the deceased,” Arres said.
The department began issuing body cameras to its officers last month with full implementation expected by the end of June.
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