Officer shoots battery suspect

Evanston police say an officer shot a suspect in a battery investigation outside the Davis Street CTA station this morning after the man lunged at the officer with a knife.

Police say an officer was called to the station about 9:45 a.m. where he was given a description of the suspect. He reportedly spotted a man matching the description outside the station, near the intersection of Davis Street and Benson Avenue.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says the suspect was uncooperative when the officer attempted to communicate with him and tried to walk away.

When the officer told him to stop, Guenther says, the man turned around and pulled out a knife.

At that, Guenther says, the officer pulled his gun and ordered the man to drop the knife. When the suspect instead charged toward the officer the officer, fired one shot at the suspect, hitting him in the shoulder.

Evanston paramedics were called to the scene and transported the man to a local hospital, where police say his condition is unknown.

Guenther says the police are declining to release the suspect’s identity pending the filing of charges. The state police public integrity unit has been called in to investigate the incident.

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