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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Naperville Police Officer involved in fatal shooting, witnesses sought

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Above / The media was notified that Naperville Chief of Police Jason Arres would make a statement about today’s officer-involved shooting at 4PM today, June 3, 2022, in front of the Naperville Police Department, 1350 Aurora Ave. A television news crew still at the NPD upon PN’s late arrival confirmed no additional information was provided and Chief Arres did not take questions as the incident remains an ongoing investigation. (PN Photo, June 3, 2022)

Update, June 8, 2022 / Multiple news reports have stated that the man with the hatchet and backpack, now deceased, has been identified by the DuPage County Coroner as Edward C. Samaan, 28, a Naperville resident who resided in a local hotel.

Original Post, June 3 / A Naperville Police Officer was involved in a fatal shooting at approximately 11AM today, Friday, June 3.

Preliminary information reveals the officer was conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of Bond Street and McDowell Road when an unrelated vehicle pulled up next to the vehicle the officer had pulled over.

A man exited the vehicle and charged at the officer with a hatchet in his hand. A still image taken from the officer’s body-worn camera is provided below.

The officer discharged their firearm, striking the subject. The suspect, a white male in his 20s, was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. The suspect’s identity is being withheld pending notification of family.

The officer, a 22-year-veteran of the Naperville Police Department, was not injured.

The DuPage County Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigative Team (MERIT) and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office were immediately notified and are conducting the independent investigation into this incident.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to call Lt. Thayer, commander of MERIT’s public integrity team, at (630) 434-5653.

Report and photo submitted by Naperville Public Information Office for the Naperville Police Department.

When you see something suspicious, say something. Simply call Crime Stoppers at (630) 420-6006, non-emergency at (630) 420-6666 or emergency at 911. Keeping our community safe is everyone’s responsibility.

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