Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington says a man was shot to death in a confrontation with police this afternoon at 1810 Church St.

Police were on the scene into the evening following the incident which happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. Early this evening Police Commander Tom Guenther said three police officers responded to the call of a man wielding a knife in a dispute with his landlord.


Police Chief Richard Eddington, left, and other officers on the scene in the 1800 block of Church Street.

Eddington confirmed that the shooting took place after the man pulled a knife on an officer.

The officer sustained a knife wound to the hand.

Spectators gather along Church Street.

Neighbors said they heard at least five shots fired.

Church Street was still blocked to traffic between Darrow and Dodge Avenues at mid-evening.

State police investigators have been called in to conduct the investigation, as they are with any police-involved shooting incident.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Tremendous Bravery
    I just wanted to express my support and appreciation for the men and women of the Evanston Police Department. To the young Officer I saw exiting the home with his arm bleeding and bandaged, I want to say please take care and my prayers are with you. To the all the others involved, I want to say thank you. I was at that scene with many others after the fact. I heard all saying that prior to the officers arrival this man, the offender, had a crazed and out of control look in his eyes. The officers bravely entered the home and confronted this knife wielding man. They performed their duty,
    one that many of us would never wish to do, courageously.

    Thank you for all you do.

  2. This is the second fatal
    This is the second fatal shooting on the same block in less than 1 year. Evanston needs to do something to get that area cleaned up. It’s especially scary becuase it is right by the school.

  3. Could Not Agree More!
    I totally agree – our police officers performed very well, and perform well on a daily basis. They have my respect (as does EFD).

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