A 49-year-old woman shot dead at her home by southwest suburban Hickory Hills police late Saturday night aimed a handgun at two officers before they shot her, police said.
Nancy B. Van Raes, of the 8600 block of South 82nd Avenue, was pronounced dead at 6 a.m. on the scene at her home after being shot by police, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Police were called to a Van Raes' apartment building about 11:30 p.m. Saturday by someone who lives there, according to a statement from police.
When officers arrived and went into an apartment there, they "were confronted by an agitated" woman with a handgun, police said in the statement. Two officers tried "to withdraw from the confrontation by backing out of [the woman's] apartment and into the common stairwell area of the apartment building," according to the statement.
The woman followed the officers, however, and aimed the handgun "directly at them," according to the statement.
The two officers, "fearing for their safety," shot the woman, police said in the statement.
The woman was later identified as Van Raes, according to police.
The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in police-involved shootings in the suburb, according to the statement. Illinois State Police are investigating.
Tribune reporter Liam Ford contributed.