Man fatally shot by police officer in Des Plaines

A man was fatally shot by police in Des Plaines Wednesday night.

Officers were sent to a home in the 1400 block of Thacker Street to assist fire officials and encountered a man who “was breaking things, possibly having a psychotic breakdown,” police said in a statement.

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The man, 55-year-old Scott MacDonald, potentially had access to an axe or machete, police said. “The situation escalated when [the officers] unexpectedly encountered Mr. MacDonald in the common hallway of the building and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” police said.

MacDonald was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy, police said.

No further details were released.


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