Villa Park police fatally shoot woman with pellet gun

Villa Park police shot and killed a woman early Monday when responding to a report of someone with a gun, the department said.

Video transcript

JOHN GARCIA: Sarah, the police nevertheless claim that this pellet gun was designed to look like a very real SIG SAUER revolver. They say she ignored the officer’s orders to drop the gun multiple times as she approached him, they say this left her no choice but to fire him four shots. fire.

Police investigators collect evidence and return to the scene hours after the shooting. It was just after 2 p.m. this morning when officers were called to the scene of a disturbance on this normally quiet suburban street. When confronted by a woman in the front yard of a halfway house, waving what they say looks like a gun.

SHARON MARTIG: She waved that pellet gun at the officer who had been called to the scene.

JOHN GARCIA: According to a press release from Villa Park Police, upon arrival officers encountered a person with a gun, which resulted in an involved officer shooting. Rescue measures began immediately at the scene. These rescue measures failed, the woman was pronounced dead two hours later. Neighbors say they have coexisted peacefully with the residents of this halfway house for at least three decades.

LESLIE ALLISON-SEEL: It’s like Mayberry here. Yes. It is therefore a shock, a great temporal shock.

JOHN GARCIA: The director of the halfway house says the woman who was shot had been living here for about a month. Seemed to be making progress on the issues she was here to address.

SHARON MARTIG: She has never fought with anyone here. She was very polite and talked to me a lot. And I didn’t expect her to have that other side here.

JOHN GARCIA: Police identified the woman as 25-year-old Haven Bailey. She was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where she was pronounced dead.

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