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UPDATED: Man Shot in Torso After Allegedly Refusing Police Orders to Drop Rifle

Aug 29, 2015 06:52AM ● Published by Steven Jack


Oswego Police have provided updated information on an officer-involved shooting that occurred overnight Saturday. 

According to police spokeswoman Cathy Nevara, the man was shot in the torso after allegedly raising a rifle at police and refusing orders to drop his weapon. Police originally were called to the area of the 100 block of Ashlawn at about 12:15 a.m. after a caller said there would be a "massacre" in Oswego. In subsequent calls police said the man also threatened to kill himself and officers.

Police have yet to release the man's name, but did say he is a 24-year-old white male. He underwent surgery and is now in recovery, Nevara said.

Per Oswego Police protocol, the Illinois State Police will investigate the shots fired by the officers, while Oswego Police will investigate everything that led to the incident, Nevara said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Illinois State Police at 815-726-6377.


Two Oswego Police officers were involved in a shooting overnight. 

According to police spokeswoman Cathy Nevara, police received a call at about 12:15 a.m. Saturday that there would be a "massacre" in Oswego. After determining the call came from the 100 block of Ashlawn Avenue, police arrived at the scene to find a man outside the home armed with a rifle. 

After the man allegedly raised the rifle at the officers, they fired at the man and hit him, Nevara said.

Police gave the man First Aid, and he was later taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center for his injuries by Oswego Fire Protection District paramedics. Nevara could not say where the man was shot, or provide the extent of his injuries. 

Nevara said the two officers involved were not injured, but were taken to Rush-Copley for examination. One of the officers is an 18-year veteran of the force and the other is a nine-year veteran. 

Oswego Police have turned the investigation of the shooting over to the Illinois State Police. 

No other information is available at this time, but Police Chief Jeff Burgner said more should be forthcoming within the hour. 

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