Glendale Heights driver killed by Forest Park police

By Jean Lotus Staff Reporter

The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit is investigating the police-involved shooting death of a Glendale Heights man who allegedly drove at a Forest Park police officer Feb. 3.

Around 6:20 p.m., Marco A. Gomez, 26, was driving a vehicle allegedly stolen from Glendale Heights when the car was involved in a hit-and-run accident at Adams Street and Jackson Boulevard, according to a statement issued Feb. 3 by Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone.

A Forest Park officer pulled his squad car next to Gomez near the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Jackson Boulevard. At that point Gomez attempted to make a U-turn, the statement said.

“As the Forest Park Officer approached the vehicle on foot, the suspect vehicle began driving towards the officer who was in front of the vehicle,” the Mayor wrote. “The officer, fearing for his life, shot into the moving vehicle striking the suspect.”

Gomez, of the 100 block of Waters Edge in Glendale Heights, was transported to a hospital where he was declared dead by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.


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