Naperville cop fatally shoots hatchet-wielding man: police

This image provided by Naperville police shows a person rushing at an officer with a hatchet, officials said. Photo credit Naperville police

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Naperville police officer fatally shot a man who came running ran at them with a hatchet during a traffic stop Friday morning, authorities said.

The officer had stopped a car at Bond Street and McDowell Road around 11 a.m. when an unrelated vehicle pulled alongside, Naperville police said in a news release.

A man jumped out of that car and ran at the officer with a hatchet in his hand. The officer pulled their service weapon and shot the man, who died at a hospital, police said.

The officer, a 22-year veteran of the force, was not hurt.

Authorities have not yet identified the man shot and killed. The Naperville Police Department provided a still image of what they say is him rushing at the officer with the hatchet.

The DuPage County Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigative Team (MERIT) and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office are conducting an independent investigation.

Contributing: Editor Geoff Dankert

Featured Image Photo Credit: Naperville police