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DuPage County Coroner IDs hatchet-wielding man shot by Naperville police

Coroners on Tuesday identified a Naperville man who was fatally shot after he charged a police officer with a hatchet during a traffic stop.

Bodycam image of a man in his 20's attacking a Naperville Police Officer during a seemingly unrelated traffic stop. | Photo: Naperville Police

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Coroners on Tuesday identified a Naperville man who was fatally shot after he charged a police officer with a hatchet during a traffic stop.

The DuPage County Coroner’s Office identified him as Edward C. Samaan, 28, of Naperville.

The coroner's office has performed x-rays and an autopsy. The cause and manner of Samaan's death is still under investigation pending toxicology results, it said.

Samaan was shot Friday.[1] The officer was conducting a traffic stop at 11 a.m. when an unrelated vehicle pulled up next to the vehicle the officer had pulled over, the Naperville Police Department said. A man exited the second vehicle and charged the officer with a hatchet in his hand, it said.

The officer fired their gun, striking the man, police said. The man, a white male in his 20s, was transported to an hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The officer, a 22-year-veteran of the Naperville Police Department, was not injured.

Police say the DuPage County Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigative Team and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office are conducting an independent investigation into the incident.


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Notes & References


  1. Chicago Journal. “Naperville Officer Fatally Shoots Hatchet-Wielding Man.” Chicago Journal. Chicago Journal, June 4, 2022. https://www.chicagojournal.com/naperville-officer-fatally-shoots-hatchet-wielding-man/. ↩︎

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