DEA agents shoot suspect in parking lot of Joliet mall


Drug enforcement agents shot and critically wounded a suspect in a parking lot outside Macy’s at the Louis Joliet Mall Tuesday evening, according to police and fire department officials.

DEA agents were investigating near the Louis Joliet Mall, 3340 Mall Loop Dr., and shots were fired, according to Joliet police.

A man about 30, a suspect, was shot multiple times in the extremities, and taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in critical condition, said Joliet Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Robert DiLorenzo and Fire Capt. Victor Stachelski.

“He was the person the police were dealing with,’’ Stachelski said.

Police earlier said no citizens were hurt.

The first alarm came in at 5:30 p.m. and the fire department sent an engine and an ambulance to the parking lot outside Macy’s, according to DiLorenzo and Stachelski.

The man was shot multiple times including in the legs, but the captain believes he will survive. Fire crews left the scene at 6:42 p.m.,
No police officers were hurt and there is no danger to the public at this time, police said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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