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3/12/2018 10:24:00 AM
Elgin officer fatally shot woman armed with knife

ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say an Elgin police officer fatally shot a woman armed with a knife along an interstate outside Chicago.

Elgin Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda says the shooting happened when police tried to pull the woman over for a traffic stop about 12:35 a.m. Monday. Swoboda said officers negotiated with the woman for more than an hour to put the knife down. He says officers then saw flames inside the SUV and approached to pull her out. He says one of the officers fired a weapon but the chief didn’t offer details of the encounter.

The woman was pronounced dead at a Hoffman Estates hospital.

Swoboda says Illinois State Police are investigating the shooting and the officer has been put on paid leave. He says officers involved were wearing body cameras.





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