Police chief says gunman who was shot and killed by police was the one who called 911 before shooting

An investigation began Thursday morning after officers in Buffalo Grove shot dead a gunman near 1250 Radcliffe Road in Buffalo Grove. | Photo credit: Jimmy Bolf

The Buffalo Grove Police Chief said a man who fired two shots in the air Thursday morning before being shot by officers was the one who called 911, telling dispatchers he was “dangerous”.

The Buffalo Grove Police Department received a 911 call at around 12:29 a.m. Thursday for a report of a man with a gun in the Radcliffe Road and Boxwood Lane area in Buffalo Grove.

Buffalo Grove Police Chief Steven Casstevens told a news conference that the 911 caller told dispatchers, “There’s a guy standing over there and he’s all crazy. “

The appellant told dispatchers that the man was armed with a 9mm handgun and a .45 caliber handgun. “The dude just got out two rounds,” the caller told dispatchers, according to Casstevens.

The appellant also told the dispatcher “this guy is dangerous”. When the dispatcher asked the appellant who the shooter was, he said, “Well, that would be me. “

The dispatcher repeatedly asked the man to drop his guns as officers responded, but the man refused.

Officers arrived and found an armed white man in his twenties in the parking lot of a vacant church at 1250 Radcliffe Road.

The man was later identified as Brian Christopher Howard, 25, of Elgin. He had recently been living with relatives in Buffalo Grove.

Howard was holding two handguns and started walking towards the officers. The man then began firing the two guns into the air, Casstevens said.

An investigation began Thursday morning after officers in Buffalo Grove shot dead a gunman near 1250 Radcliffe Road in Buffalo Grove. | Photo credit: Jimmy Bolf

Officers ordered Howard to stop, but he refused and continued to walk towards them while still armed with guns, Casstevens said.

An officer fired several shots from his handgun. These shots did not hit the man and a second officer fired shots, which hit Howard.

The officers began to perform CPR on him. Paramedics declared Howard dead at the scene.

No one else was injured in the incident, but two of the officers were taken to hospital for observation.

The two officers, who Casstevens says are seasoned officers, will be put on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol.

The incident was captured on one of the police car’s dashboard cameras and will be released once the investigation is complete.

“No officer ever wants to take another person’s life. That being said, officers are often put into split-second decisions where they are forced to take action which, unfortunately, results in lethal force,” Casstevens said.

Casstevens said he could not yet confirm whether the incident was “cop suicide”.

The Lake County Major Crime Task Force is investigating due to officer involvement.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office is in the process of scheduling an autopsy.