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Bodycam video shows fatal officer-involved shooting in Waukegan

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Bodycam footage has been released of a fatal shooting that was ruled justified after a man tried running over a Waukegan police officer with a car in 2019.

The Waukegan Police Department responded at 2:33 p.m. February 3, 2019 to a call of an unknown problem involving multiple people in the 3500 block of Windhaven Drive.

Waukegan Police Officer Rolando Villafuerte arrived at the scene and ‘became engaged’ with 35-year-old Asuncion J. Gomez-Guerrero, according to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Gomez-Guerrero tried leaving the scene in a grey Honda and Officer Villafuerte parked his marked police car near Gomez-Guerrero’s vehicle to try and prevent him from leaving. Officer Villafuerte repeatedly told the man to stop, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office said.

Gomez-Guerrero started the engine and placed the vehicle into reverse. The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office said that Officer Villafuerte placed his hand on the hood and said, “No!! No!! Hey! Hey! Turn it off!!”

Gomez-Guerrero ignored the officer and put the car into “drive” from “reverse” and turned the wheel toward the officer, at which point the front bumper struck him in the leg. Officer Villafuerte backed up and tried to slide to the side of the vehicle to avoid being run over.

“When Gomez-Guerrero continued to ignore the officer’s commands and move the vehicle forward, Villafuerte drew his weapon and fired three shots into the windshield of the vehicle,” the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office said.

“During this entire encounter, Officer Villafuerte acted firmly, responsibly and took every reasonable step to avoid a confrontation,” Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim said.

“Mr. Gomez-Guerrero’s acts of turning the car towards Officer Villafuerte and accelerating in his direction created the reasonable belief that Officer Villafuerte’s life was in imminent danger. He acted reasonably in eliminating that threat,” Nerheim said.

After Gomez-Guerrero was shot by the officer, the vehicle continued to flee the area before crashing into a telephone pole a block away, according to the Waukegan Police Department.

Gomez-Guerrero was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. An 18-year-old Waukegan woman, who was also inside the vehicle, was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries from the crash.

Toxicology results showed that Gomez-Guerrero had a blood alcohol content of .182, more than double the legal driving limit, and had THC in his system. Villafuerte has been a police officer for 20 years, the Waukegan Police Department said.

Nerheim concluded that Officer Villafuerte acted ‘reasonably and appropriately’ in the use of deadly force during the confrontation.
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Sixstrung - 4 days ago  - (Points 816)
Dirty fucking murdering slime ball cop. The death penalty for not following his commands. Son of a bitch is judge, jury and hangman all in one. The mother fucker could have taken one step to the right and would have been perfectly safe. It's not like the driver floored it and didn't give him time to move, which he did after firing three shots. It's getting to the point that I hate cops. They are pure pussies with lethal weapons and a license to kill. Fuck those cowardly sons of bitches. I wouldn't piss on one if he was on fire.
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rcpilotjae - 4 days ago  - (Points 8409)
The answer to this whole thing is in the name " Gomez-Guerrero".....Answers all the questions....
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rcpilotjae - 4 days ago  - (Points 8409)
The answer to this whole thing is in the name " Gomez-Guerrero".....Answers all the questions....
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JohnGalt - 4 days ago  - (Points 11237)
Que, beaner down!
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beeeFyyy - 4 days ago  - (Points 74)
The only thing I'll say is, if you approach a vehicle and it turns on, and then you continue approaching the front of the vehicle, then you see it reverse, then you see it turn it's wheels towards you, then you continue to walk directly in front of it, then it starts to come towards you, you can't say "they were trying to run me over." You put yourself directly in the path of a moving vehicle, on purpose. That's stupid. No, don't let the guy go. Don't suck his dick or anything stupid. But don't stand in front of a car like you're going to stop it. That's lunacy.
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John_Rondo - 4 days ago  - (Points 8202) beeeFyyy
Brilliant...SMH
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saltine - 2 days ago  - (Points 3727) beeeFyyy
Or you could follow a lawful order and not get shot.
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TheyStink - 4 days ago  - (Points 2591)
I guess Waukegan is not a sanctuary city. Some needs to call Safelite.
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Fry_Swatter - 5 days ago  - (Points 37858)
...No speaka engish....
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Boatshooter - 5 days ago  - (Points 846)
Villafuerte and Asuncion J. Gomez-Guerrero... Sure this wasn't Waukegan, Arizona?
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John_Rondo - 4 days ago  - (Points 8202) Boatshooter
Illinois....https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-waukegan-officer-involved-shooting-st-0205-story.html
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Borderlord - 4 days ago  - (Points 25205) John_Rondo
Link won't do it for me in Ireland......…"Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism."

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