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Police: Suburban Chicago officer fatally shoots man wielding an ax

DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a man wielding an ax has been fatally shot by a police officer who was called to assist paramedics at a suburban Chicago apartment building. Des Plaines police say 55-year-old Scott MacDonald was shot about 7:37 p.m. Wednesday in a hallway. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. The police department said that before the shooting, officers were advised that MacDonald “was breaking things, possibly having a psychotic breakdown," and may have had access to an ax or machete. Police say Thursday that body-worn camera footage shows MacDonald was armed with an ax while approaching officers in a threatening manner. The officer who shot MacDonald has been placed on paid administrative leave.
 

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