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Oak Lawn man charged; accused of attacking officers

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



An Oak Lawn man who authorities say attempted to stab two police officers during a domestic disturbance has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Charles Petrishe, 40, of the 4000 block of 109th Street, was charged Saturday.

He remains hospitalized at Christ Medical Center after undergoing several surgeries.

Petrishe was shot by Oak Lawn police during a Dec. 8 domestic disturbance at his home.

Petrishe’s wife called police, and told them he was trying to harm himself with a knife, police said.

She told the 911 operator her husband said he would harm the officers responding to the call, police said.

When police arrived, they were immediately confronted by Petrishe, who lunged at them with two knives and attempted to stab them, police said.

One officer tried to use a Taser on Petrishe, who continued at the officers wielding the knives, according to police.

The second officer then shot Petrishe, who fell to the ground, police said.

Oak Lawn police division chief Mike Kaufmann said the shooting was justified because the officers were defending themselves against bodily harm.

“The officers in a split second made a decision,” Kaufmann said.

Petrishe’s case is scheduled to go before a Cook County grand jury on Jan. 7.

Petrishe, his wife and his mother have refused to be interviewed by police or the Cook County state’s attorney office, Kaufmann said.

Attempts to contact Petrishe’s mother, who was at his home during the disturbance, were unsuccessful.

Police on three occasions had visited Petrishe’s on calls related to domestic disturbances.

Two of the three calls, which took place last year and earlier this year, involved Petrishe.



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