Officer Shooting in Freeport

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It all played out after officers were called to an apartment building along the 15-hundred block of South Chicago Avenue about 1:45 a-m. Police say the victim, Dwayne Howard of Freeport, agressively threatened officers with a knife and refused to stop. That's when one of the officers, whose name is not being released, shot Howard. He was transported to Freeport Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. "At this point it's very early in the investigation, but there's nothing to indicate the officers actions were anything other than appropriate given the circumstances surrounding the situation," said Freeport Police Chief Jerry Whitmore. Whitmore says the officer is on paid leave. There is both an internal and external investigation taking place on the shooting.

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