Illinois police officer fatally shoots man with knife after fatal stabbing

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A police officer fatally shot a man overnight in a northern Illinois city after he refused to drop a knife during a domestic violence riot in which a woman was stabbed to death, police said.

Five officers in Harvard, Illinois, were called around 11:30 p.m. Saturday to a residence where they found a man armed with a knife on top of a woman, police said.

The police ordered the man to drop the knife. When he refused, an officer fatally shot him, said the police on Sunday it's a statement.

The woman who had been stabbed was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Harvard Police Chief Tyson Bauman told The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald that the officer who shot the man is on administrative leave pending investigation, a routine step following the officer shootings.

Bauman said he believes Saturday's shooting was the first such case at Harvard in at least 25 years.

The McHenry County Major Investigations Assistance Team is investigating.

The city of Harvard is located just south of the Wisconsin border, about 60 miles (96.6 kilometers) northwest of the downtown Chicago Loop.

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