GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Ill. — Police fatally shot a man armed with a knife in Glendale Heights on Friday following an incident at a Bloomingdale Walmart, authorities said.
Several officers are now on paid administrative leave as DuPage County officials investigate.
Police were called to the Walmart at 314 W. Army Trail Rd. about 7:20 p.m. Friday for a report of a man with a knife, according to the Bloomingdale Police Department.
Frank Giammarese, the town’s director of public safety, said 26-year-old Julius Glover approached a woman who was in the Walmart with a small child and took the woman’s car keys.
Glover then threatened a Walmart employee with a knife before leaving the store through an emergency exit and stealing the woman’s car, officials said.
He drove just over a half mile to the intersection of Chippendale Lane and Mill Pond Drive in Glendale Heights, where police initiated a traffic stop, according to Giammarese.
A witness said five police cars were chasing the vehicle Glover was driving.
When Glover exited the car, Giammarese said, he “brandished a knife” and “moved rapidly” toward officers. Police then opened fire.
Neighbors said Glover, of Carol Stream, collapsed in the middle of the road. He was later pronounced dead at Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks. No officers were hurt.
“We don’t cherish or relish in the fact that someone lost their life,” Giammarese said, “so we express our condolences.”
The DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office are investigating. Neither would comment on the case.
A spokesperson for Walmart confirmed a knife-wielding man was inside the store, and said employees are cooperating with the investigation.