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Vernon Hills police-involved shooting

Police are investigating a shooting inside the Vernon Hills Police Department.

Police say a man, now identified as Howard R. Lazarus, 54, of Mundelein, walked into the lobby of the police department and said he wanted to file an accident report.

When an officer entered the lobby to meet with him, Lazarus reportedly pointed a gun at the officer. The officer drew his gun and fired at the Lazarus, hitting him at least once.

Lazarus was taken to the hospital and is listed in fair condition.

This is the first police-involved shooting in the history of the Vernon Hills Police Department.

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Security video has been released in the attempted suicide-by-cop scenario that occured in Vernon Hills earlier this month.
This video coming from inside the Vernon Hills Police Dept lobby.
Howard Lazarus pulled what turned out to be a replica gun on an officer.
He was shot after refusing to put it down.
Lazarus allegedly had a letter in his pocket saying he was dying of cancer but couldn’t kill himself.
He survived the shooting.

Police say a man who appeared to be carrying a loaded weapon walked into a suburban police station and made a startling demand.

The man, later identified as Howard R. Lazarus, 54, of Mundelein, told officers he had been involved in an accident, and said he wanted to file a report.

When an officer entered the lobby to meet with him, he pointed a gun at the officer.

The officer drew his gun, and told Lazarus to drop the gun several times.

He then took several steps towards the officer, and in response, the officer fired at Lazarus striking him once in the abdomen. He was taken to the hospital and is listed in fair condition.

A hand-written note was found in Lazarus’ pocket that stated in part: “I apologize for placing your officers in this position. I am dying from cancer and couldn’t do the deed myself.”

His weapon was a metal, 9mm semi-automatic “replica gun.”

Lazarus has been charged with one count of Aggravated Assault, a Class IV Felony.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending a full investigation of the incident.

This is the first police-involved shooting in the history of the Vernon Hills Police Department.

Footage from the Vernon Hills Police Department press conference Wednesday, which detailed the events of a shooting in the morning between an officer and a 53-year-old man from Mundelein.

Police are investigating a shooting inside the Vernon Hills Police Department.

It happened just after midnight Wednesday.

A man walked into the lobby of the police department and said he wanted to file an accident report.

When an officer entered the lobby to meet with him, he pointed a gun at the officer.

The officer drew his gun and fired at the man, hitting him at least once.

The man was taken to the hospital and is listed in fair condition.

This shooting is under investigation.

This is the first police-involved shooting in the history of the Vernon Hills Police Department

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