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Police: Man shot by cops had four guns

JOLIET – Police say a man was carrying two assault rifles and two pistols when he was shot by officers Tuesday night.

Police Chief Brian Benton said an argument between a husband and wife escalated into a physical confrontation about 7:50 p.m. at their residence in the 2400 block of Rockwood Drive.

"The victim left the residence to call police and waited for them around the corner. She flagged down the officers when they arrived," Benton said. "She had visible injuries."

As the two officers approached the residence from opposite sides of the front yard, Benton said the 41-year-old man came out of the front door brandishing two semi-automatic assault rifles.

"When he pointed the rifle at one of the officers, the other yelled at him to drop the weapon and he turned toward that officer," Benton said.

Benton said both officers fired their service weapons at the man – striking him several times. After he was handcuffed and loaded into an ambulance, two handguns were found on his person, according to Benton.

The man was transported to Silver Cross Hospital and later airlifted to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, where he was upgraded to stable condition Thursday. Benton said Thursday afternoon the Will County State's Attorney's office is reviewing criminal charges against him.

Police did not identify the man who was shot as of Thursday afternoon, but reported he has no criminal history.

The officers also sought treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. They will be placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, which is department policy.

This is the second officer-involved shooting in Joliet in as many weeks. On March 2, a resident of the 100 block of Mississippi Avenue said two men had stolen her wallet and threatened to shoot her when she followed them in her car.

A responding officer stopped Shaquille C. Barrow, 20, and Shawn M. Miller, 21, near First Avenue and Richards Street and found Barrow was carrying a handgun, according to Benton. Barrow allegedly took off running and was taking the gun out of his pocket when the officer shot him.

Barrow, a parolee with a lengthy criminal history, died the next day. Miller allegedly fled the scene and is being sought on charges of theft, obstructing justice and assault.

Benton said Thursday the officer involved in that incident remains on administrative leave while interviews are completed.

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