A Chicago area police officer shot and killed an ax-wielding man who suddenly started charging him during an unrelated traffic stop, according to reports.
Police released body cam video footage that shows the terrifying incident as it unfolds in a matter of seconds.
The officer was conducting a traffic stop around 11 a.m. on June 3 in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago.
A car pulls up and a man armed with a hatchet gets out and starts running at the police officer without saying a word.
The cop is a 22-year veteran of the department.
Without hesitation, he pulls out his gun and keeps firing until the attacker goes down.
He fired six shots in total.
“I’ve just been attacked, shots fired, shots fired. Don’t move, don’t move,” the officer can be heard saying in the video below.
“Send a medic.”
The crazed man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The man was 28 years old. His name was Edward C. Samaan.
This has to be one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen
Car randomly pulls up next to a cop, driver jumps out with an axe pic.twitter.com/DokmtaPjDo
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 18, 2022
According to FOX32:
Samaan, of Naperville, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the DuPage County coroner’s office.
The officer was not injured in the incident.
The shooting was captured on the officer’s bodycam as well as the dashcam of his vehicle. Naperville police posted an overview of the shooting and video excerpts to the department’s YouTube page.
The cause and manner of death remain pending further investigation, including toxicology reports, the coroner’s office said in a statement.
“Any loss of life is tragic, and our thoughts are with the family of the deceased,” Arres said.
The department began issuing body cameras to its officers last month with full implementation is expected by the end of June.
Arres said body cameras are worn at mid-torso level to capture the view of the line of sight in the event officers must use their firearm.
“It’s important to note that the camera lens is fixed and does not capture everything an officer sees or experiences,” the chief said.