Dramatic surveillance video released in suburban hospital shooting

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Dramatic surveillance video has been released in the armed confrontation at a north suburban hospital in which Highland park Police shot and killed a man who was threatening staff members with a gun.

Chris Anderson and his 9-year-old daughter Alaysia were taken to NorthShore Highland Park Hospital with minor injuries after a car they were passengers in was in an accident on the Edens November 2.

The driver was charged with several offenses including DUI.

Two hours after arriving at the hospital, staff members say they were trying to get Anderson to change into a hospital gown when he became agitated. His daughter was being assessed for a head wound, they say and he wasn’t happy with the care they were getting.

Anderson became loud and abusive, then pulled a handgun from his waistband.

Surveillance video from inside the hospital, obtained by WGN under the Freedom of Information Act, shows doctors and nurses scattering. One crouches down behind a desk and gets on the phone.

Four Waukegan police officers were on the scene within a few minutes and another surveillance camera shows them surrounding the room Anderson was in, still brandishing the gun. For nearly a minute, witnesses say, police told him over and over to drop it. He wouldn’t.

A third camera, mounted on a taser worn by one of the responding officers, captured the audio from the moment they decided they had no choice but to open fire.

Two of the officers fired nine rounds and Anderson was hit multiple times.

Hospital staff say they did their best to save him, but couldn’t.

The Lake County State’s Attorney has already ruled the shooting was justified.

Investigators would later learn Anderson’s handgun had been reported stolen. And they say Anderson had a long criminal history. At the time of his death, he was a suspect in a hit and run with convictions for aggravated battery, resisting a police officer and burglary along with a 2010 conviction for escaping from the Lake County Jail.



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    • Anon

      He didn’t deserve to get shot, and this is coming from someone who was there. I am happy that the police were there when they were. It would have been a much different headline if they weren’t. I have no doubt in my mind that many lives were saved that night. I am sorry for the family and the daughter of the deceased, I truly am. I wish he would have put the gun down.
      I hope that the video puts this incident to rest for everyone involved. Its been three weeks and it has just started to go back to normal. I didn’t see it until now and now it’s going to be a bit longer for me to feel safe.
      To HPPD: You did your job, You did it well. Don’t let anyone tell you different.

      • Anthony Balogna

        WTF are you talking about???? You start by saying he didn’t deserve to get shot but then go on about what a great job the cops did. Try to think through your response before typing away. By all (other) accounts he deserved to get shot.

      • StillScared

        I was there as well, and I’m still not anywhere near back to normal. I have daily panic attacks. I am angry at him every day for the fear he has put in me, but I also (oddly!) grieve for him as well. I was sickened to see him dead (I knew he was instantly), yet relieved when they called Code Blue. I am fearful when I see police these days (triggers intense memories), yet I know they probably saved my life that night. It’s all very confusing.

        Why couldn’t he have just put it down???

      • Jason Brockdorf

        No wonder you posted anonymously with such an idiotic response. Someone pulls a gun and starts waving it around and you say he doesn’t deserve to get shot? What, in your mind, does one have to do to deserve to get shot? Let’s stick you in a room with someone waving a gun around and see how long it take for your sentiment to change.

  • Jason C

    I have multiple friends that were working there that night. I will believe them over any of you keyboard warriors running off at the fingertips. These cops did what they had to do. Unfortunately, from my perspective, this current video doesn’t show any real evidence.

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