Joliet police shoot man armed with rifle, assault weapon, police say

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JOLIET, Ill. — Police officers in Joliet shot and wounded a man while responding to a domestic battery call.

They say the man was on his porch, Tuesday night, armed with a rifle and an assault weapon.

A witness says he fired once toward a neighbor’s house and once toward the officers.

The man is in critical condition after officers returned fire.

No one else was hurt.

Charges are pending.

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1 Comment

  • Chris Martel

    Assault Weapon is a contrived term with no basis in actual fact and only refers to the look of a rifle. Assault Rifle on the other hand, is an actual term dealing with the function of a rifle. An assault rifle fires an intermediate cartridge (that is, more powerful than a handgun cartridge, but less powerful than a full rifle cartridge) and has the capability to fire more than one bullet per pull of the trigger (Burst Fire, or fully automatic mode.)

    While it is tragic that there was the need for an officer to fire his or her weapon, I would think that your news station would take the time to report the facts of the story as accurately as possible. By the sounds of this story, the man had 2 rifles, one of them a more “traditional” rifle, and the other what could be more accurately described as a “Modern Sporting Rifle” (AKA Scary Black Gun)