Three officers were injured and a gunman was killed during an early Monday hostage situation and shootout at a burning residence on Justice Lake Drive, police said.
The Will-Grundy Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident and was withholding the names of the dead and injured Monday pending the notification of family members.
The deadly confrontation unfolded about 4 a.m. when Joliet police dispatchers received a report from a third party of a domestic battery in progress on Justice Lake Drive, according to a statement from the major crimes task force.
“Joliet police officers responded, and observed the residence on fire,” the task force said in the statement released Monday morning.
“Entry was made into the residence, and officers were confronted with a hostage situation,” according to the task force statement.
“The offender was armed with a handgun, and officers were fired upon by the offender,” the task force statement said.
At least one officer returned fire, according to the statement.
The unidentified gunman was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, the major crimes task force statement said.
The man died of a gunshot wound, police said, but it was not clear Monday if he had been shot by one of the officers or if the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.
A police source called the shooting incident a “chaotic scene.”
The injuries suffered by the officers were not life-threatening, according to the task force.
The man killed early Monday was the second to die in a shooting involving a Joliet police officer this year.
In February, Joliet police detective Aaron Bandy shot 36-year-old Bruce “June” Carter to death at Carter’s South Des Plaines Street home.
Carter was suspected of robbing the First Midwest Bank on West Jefferson Street a short time earlier.
Surveillance video released by the Joliet police three months after the deadly shooting showed Carter apparently committing the robbery by showing a bank employee a note demanding money, then grabbing stacks of cash from an opened drawer.
Surveillance video also showed Carter counting the stolen money as he walked away from the bank.
Three months after the shooting, the Joliet Police Department released a letter from Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow showing that Glasgow considered the Carter killing “justified.”