[UPDATED] Police: Sheriff's Deputy Slashed with Knife; Shoots Attacker

The female deputy is expected to recover; police said 17-year-old assailant Jose Chavez was in critical condition Friday.

Updated at 2 p.m. Dec. 21:

A Will County Sheriff’s deputy shot a teenager who slashed her across the face as she and another officer responded to a domestic incident Thursday night, police said.

The teenager, 17-year-old Jose Chavez, was in critical condition Friday morning after undergoing surgery at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center.

Spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said deputies responded to a home in the 2300 block of Gaylord Road around 7:25 p.m. after receiving a report of a subject with a knife.

Family members said Chavez was "acting erratically" and threateningly toward relatives at the home, according to Hoffmeyer. 

Relatives let deputies into the home, where they encountered the teen in a hallway, police said.

Hoffmeyer said Chavez refused to comply with deputies' orders to drop the knife and lunged at a female deputy, slashing her across the face.

"She discharged her weapon" in self defense, shooting the 17-year-old once in the chest, Hoffmeyer said. 

Police said the teenager was able to flee the home, but was subdued in the driveway by Crest Hill police who had also responded to the call, according to Hoffmeyer.

Both Chavez and the deputy, who has been with the sheriff's department for two years, underwent surgery Thursday night at St. Joe's. 

After undergoing a two-hour surgery to repair what Hoffmeyer described as a "serious laceration to her face," the deputy is expected to make a full recovery. Chavez remained in critical condition.

Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas said police have had prior contact with Chavez, "during which Chavez was a juvenile. Tonight’s behavior and attack may have been fueled by Chavez use of drugs earlier in the evening," Kaupas said Thursday.

Check back with Patch for updates on this developing story. 

James January 05, 2013 at 12:07 AM
I don't mean to be rude by any means, but in what way did the teen fight for his life? It sounds to me like his parents or relatives called the police because he was attempting to stab, slash or otherwise harm the others in the house (probably due to his reported drug use earlier in the evening). With this in mind, his first response to seeing a police officer is to slash at her face? I feel bad that there has to be a shot fired by the police officer but I do not feel bad that she fired the shot at him. The situation should have never happened because he should have known better than to A) Take drugs that will mess up your ability to think clearly. B) Attack or assault family members. C) Attack an (armed) officer of the law who is attempting to disarm the situation. I feel bad for his family and friends, I am by no means heartless. But the situation does not warrant sympathy for the attempted murdered who was so recklessly out of control that he could have killed multiple people.
Jax January 29, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Good for the cop...this kid would of been more trouble down the road he is better off deceased..Its about time the cops start putting the bad guys down..
Jax January 29, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Yeah his dealer and the other crack heads...good riddens
Jaybeezy February 02, 2013 at 08:58 AM
Rest in peace pepe, hope heavens one big tripp;(; love/miss you kidd. <3
sandy February 16, 2013 at 04:18 AM
I worked with pepe before abd he was a very shy nice kid and it was the drug that made him violent and instead of helping him officer responded back in self defense and took his life its a tragic and I hope his family specially his sister may live in peace


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