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Coroner still investigating death of Bolingbrook man in police shooting incident

The DuPage County Coroner’s Office has not yet finished the death investigation of a Bolingbrook man who police said was shot by an officer in the abdomen after he moved toward several officers while armed with a kitchen knife.

On Friday, DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgensen said his office’s investigation of the death of 42-year-old Joshua Marks in April was still ongoing. He said it was a “complicated case.”

“I can’t tell you what’s been completed or not,” Jorgensen said. “The case is not closed. It’s not anything I can discuss.”

The Will Grundy Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident. Will County Sheriff's Lt. Dan Troike, a task force commander, did not respond to calls Friday regarding the status of the investigation.

About 1:15 p.m. on April 15, officers were sent to Marks' home and informed he was "self-harming and was acting erratic," said Bolingbrook police Lt. Anthony Columbus.

Bolingbrook police reports said officers were told Marks had made suicidal comments and had been stabbing himself with a safety pin.

Marks was inside his garage and armed with a kitchen knife, Troike said.

Marks had ignored officers' commands and advanced toward them after they were unable to subdue him with a bean bag round, Columbus said. An officer fired his gun, striking Marks in the abdomen, "ceasing the subject's attack," Columbus said.

Marks was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where he refused attention for a prior medical condition and died from kidney failure on Sunday, Columbus said.

A critical care nurse at the hospital told a Bolingbrook police officer that the gunshot wound did not appear to be fatal but his other health issues were “serious,” according to a police report. The nurse said Marks required dialysis 3 to 4 times a day and indicated he declined his dialysis treatments and would not leave the hospital alive, the police report said.

Marks was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon and obstruction, but the charges were dropped after he died.

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