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BURBANK, Ill. — Police believe a man was trying to commit “suicide by cop” when he threatened officers with a knife, according to the Burbank Police Department.
The man’s actions prompted officers to use less-than-lethal weapons to defend themselves after he refused to comply with instructions, according to Division Chief Mike Dudlo of the Burbank Police Department.
The incident occurred around 3:21 p.m., Tuesday, at a residence in the 8100 block of Melvina Avenue.
Dudlo said the man called 911 and informed the dispatcher he was armed with a knife and would attack officers when they arrived in order to force police to shoot him.
Responding officers encountered the man outside the home armed with what was described as a 12-inch kitchen knife, according to a Burbank Police Department press release.
The man complied with the officers' initial commands to drop the weapon but refused to comply with commands to keep his hands in sight. When he reached into his pocket, police fired a non-lethal pepper-ball at him that had little effect. The man continued to resist and officers used a TASER to secure him.
“Officers recovered an additional 6-inch knife in the pocket he was reaching towards,” the press release said.
Police did not release the man’s name but said the 34-year-old Burbank resident was transported to the hospital for a psychological exam and for treatment of minor injuries he sustained during the encounter.
Police called the incident “isolated” and said no bystanders were injured.
The incident occurred a few blocks west of Liberty Junior High School, 5900 W 81st Street, shortly after the school day had ended. Social media posts indicated that several Liberty students were shaken up after witnessing the event. Some parents posted of receiving a robocall from Burbank School District 111 about the incident, however, the content of that call is unknown at this time.
BURBANK, Ill. — Police were dispatched to a residence earlier today after receiving information about a man who was threatening to harm himself, according to Division Chief Mike Dudlo of the Burbank Police Department.
Dudlo said dispatchers were told the man was armed with a knife and wanted to commit “suicide by cop.”
Responding officers encountered the man armed with two knives and initially deployed a pepper-ball gun that partially subdued him but were forced to use a TASER after the subject charged at the officers, Dudlo said.
Dudlo said the Burbank Police Department would be issuing a press release about the incident in the near future.
Social media posts indicate the incident took place near Liberty Junior High School, 5900 W 81st Street, shortly after the school day had ended and some students witnessed the event.