Man killed in Bridgeview police-involved shooting had served time for killing wife

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — A man shot and killed by Bridgeview police Tuesday night was an Army veteran who previously served jail time for killing his wife.

The man has been identified as 32-year-old Joseph Jesk.

According to police, an officer’s car was rear-ended by a van at 103rd and Harlem Avenue outside Pete's Fresh Market around 7 p.m. When the officer exited his car to investigate the accident, police said Jesk got out of the van and pointed a gun at the officer.

Police said the officer pulled his weapon, fired his gun twice and hit Jesk. Police said Jesk’s gun turned out to be a BB gun.

He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition, but later died.

The officer involved was not injured.

Police said the van Jesk was driving had been reported stolen out of New Lenox.

Illinois State Police is assisting in the investigation.

In January, Jesk was charged for possession of crystal meth while he was out on parole for the 2010 second-degree murder of his wife, Heather Jesk, at their home in Oak Lawn.

His former attorney, Michael Clancy, tells WGN that Jesk clearly had major issues assimilating back into society after serving in Iraq.

Jesk was discharged from the army in 2010, just weeks before the murder of his wife.

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