AURORA, Ill. — A man who allegedly exchanged gunfire with an Aurora police officer has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Police say an officer pulled the 18-year-old man, and a 36-year-old woman, over around 8:41 p.m. on Tuesday at North Avenue and Fourth Street. The woman was driving the vehicle, and the 18-year-old was the passenger.
Authorities say the officer smelled marijuana coming from the car, and asked the man to step out. They claim he then ran-off. Police say he opened fire at one point, and the officer shot back.
Police say officers later found the man apparently trying to get into a home in the 200 block of South LaSalle Street. They say he pulled a handgun and shot himself in the head. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital at about 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Police say a handgun was recovered at the scene.
The 36-year-old female driver is said to be fully cooperating in the initial investigation and is not charged.
The officer involved is 37-years-old, has been on the Aurora Police force for nine years, and is assigned to the Community Oriented Policing unit. Per standard Aurora Police policies, an internal investigation into the incident is underway and the officer is on modified duty.
The independent investigation into the officer involved shooting is being conducted by the Illinois State Police.