Chicago-area officer on a traffic stop fatally shoots suspect charging at him with a hatchet

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(Video: Naperville Police)

When coupled with soft-on-crime policies that allow violent offenders back on the streets, persistent rhetoric against law enforcement has led to targeted attacks against the police with one Chicago-area cop coming face-to-face with a hatchet-wielding assailant.

On June 3, a 22-year veteran of the Naperville Police Department, which serves the suburb of Chicago west of the city, was conducting a routine traffic stop when he was confronted by a man seemingly unrelated to the infraction. As the officer turned to ask the man who had pulled up alongside the traffic stop who he was, the attacker barely had his car in park before he was exiting the vehicle and charging at the cop.

“Who are you?” the officer can be heard asking as the hatchet came into view. It was then that the seasoned cop proceeded to back away from the suspect firing six shots in defense.

“I’ve just been attacked, shots fired, shots fired,” he can be heard reporting in. “Don’t move, don’t move. Shots fired, shots fired.”

“Oh my God! Holy sh*t!” the officer exclaimed after the immediate shock of the altercation. He then instructed the occupant of the vehicle he had pulled over to, “Stay in your car.”

A moment later he could be heard calling for an ambulance, “Send a medic!”

The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Edward C. Samaan, was then transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The DuPage County Coroner’s Office had detailed by June 7 that an autopsy and x-rays had been performed but a further investigation that included toxicology was still ongoing.

When the incident initially occurred, Naperville Chief of Police Jason Arres explained how an investigation into the officer’s response was immediately commenced. He added further with the release of the bodycam footage on June 14, “An independent investigation into this incident is currently underway by the DuPage County MERIT (Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigative Team) Public Integrity Team and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. Our department continues to fully cooperate with this investigation.”

He also explained that their police department had only begun issuing body-worn cameras to officers last month and, despite the tragic loss of life, he was grateful that neither the officer nor any bystanders were injured during the attack.

“As you saw,” he said of the traffic stop that had been underway for approximately 11 minutes, “this scene went quickly from a traffic stop for a minor violation to an attack on a police officer by an uninvolved party, demonstrating just how dangerous the job of a police officer is.”

According to the National Fraternal Order of Police, as of June 2, there had already been 42 officers following ambush-style attacks. 21 officers had died by gunfire and the 141 officers shot was a 20 percent increase by that time over the same period in 2020.

However, those numbers have continued to go up with a number of recent shootings resulting in the deaths of officers, including two in El Monte, California on Tuesday.


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