LAKE ZURICH, Ill. – As the Midwest experienced extreme cold temperatures, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a well-being check at a home in unincorporated Lake Zurich, where they found no running water and no heat.
Deputy Chief Chris Covelli reported that the occupants of the home were resistant to the police presence, stating they did not require any services despite having no utilities, heat, or running water inside the home.
During the encounter, a deputy attempted to provide the occupants with resources for struggling families when a violent altercation broke out. The male occupant attacked the deputy, throwing a piece of wood at her and subsequently punching her in the face as she fell in the snow.
The situation escalated further as two other deputies intervened, trying to use a taser to subdue the man before resorting to physically restraining him.
The female deputy involved in the incident was treated for her injuries and is currently recovering at home.
Chief Covelli emphasized the inherent risks that law enforcement officials face every day, underscoring the unpredictability of situations they encounter while providing assistance to communities in need.
The 30-year-old man involved in the altercation is facing pending charges for the attack on the deputy.
The incident serves as a reminder of the challenges law enforcement officers encounter while carrying out their duties to support and aid the community during critical situations.