Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli said Wednesday afternoon that because both the Antioch and Gurnee cases involved a long gun and occurred two days after the bank robbery involving such a weapon, authorities “are looking to see if there is a connection.”
Covelli said the woman was shot by Gurnee police officers after she fled police and crashed her vehicle into a wooded area at Chittenden Park in Gurnee around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday. He added that an unconcious man was also inside the vehicle.
According to Covelli, officers set up a perimeter and discovered the woman walking in the southbound lanes of Route 41, and two officers were involved in engaging her. He added that he did not have any information on the number of shots fired by police and whether both officers or just one struck her with gunfire.
“The Gurnee police officers attempted to give her medical aid before paramedics arrived and took her to the hospital,” he said, adding that she was later pronounced dead.
The two officers were taken by ambulance to be checked out at an area hospital as a precaution. The man was also transported by an ambulance for treatment and is expected to live, said Covelli, who added that the man had not suffered a gunshot wound despite the vehicle appearing to have a bullet hole in it.
According to Covelli, the incident started at the intersection of Harper Avenue and Gould Street on the village’s east side, where Gurnee police received a call about a suspicious vehicle.
“The woman told dispatch that she felt uncomfortable approaching the vehicle because it had a bullet hole in it,” he said.
When officers arrived, Covelli added, they immediately noticed the unconscious man in the passenger seat and called for an ambulance. A fire department vehicle arrived and the woman took off in the vehicle, striking the fire department vehicle, he said.
The woman drove approximately six blocks to Chittenden Park before crashing.
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