Teen Shot by Sheriff’s Deputy Dies

Jose Chavez, 17, died Friday afternoon at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center. He was shot Dec. 20 after police said he slashed the face of a Will County deputy.

A teenager shot last week by a Will County Sheriff’s deputy died of his injuries on Friday, according to the Will County Coroner’s office.

Jose Chavez Sanchez, 17, was pronounced dead at 3:29 p.m. Friday at Provena St. Joseph hospital in Joliet, according to the coroner.

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The teen, identified by police as Jose Chavez, was shot Dec. 20 after he slashed the face of a Will County Sheriff’s deputy who was responding to a reported domestic dispute at his home in the 2300 block of Gaylord Road, according to the sheriff's department. The home is located near the intersection of Plainfield and Caton Farm roads.


Police said deputies arrived at the home around 7:25 p.m. after relatives reported that Chavez was acting erratically and threatening family members with a knife.

According to police, a relative let two deputies into the home, where they encountered the teen standing in a hallway armed with a knife. Chavez refused repeated orders to drop the knife, police said, and “subsequently rushed the two deputies and attacked one of the deputies with a knife.”

The female deputy, who sustained a deep laceration to her face, shot Chavez once in the chest, police said.

After he was shot, Chavez ran from the residence, but was apprehended in the driveway by two Crest Hill police officers, according to the sheriff’s department.

Both Chavez and the deputy were taken to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, where they underwent surgery.

While police said the deputy is expected to make a full recovery, Chavez was reportedly on life support following the shooting.

Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas said sheriff’s deputies had contact with Chavez prior to the Dec. 20 incident, and added the attack “may have been fueled by [the teen’s] use of drugs earlier in the evening.”

Delgado Funeral Home in Joliet is handling funeral arrangements for the teen, according to the coroner’s office.

The sheriff’s department is investigating the incident, and an autopsy is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 29.


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William Taylor March 18, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Sad for the kid...but you can't take a knife to a gun fight.
Laura Mesich March 18, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Again, stupid dumb comments. People have no idea what happened. The cop overreacted and should not have shot him. Sorry for all you people who are so happy he got killed. He didn't deserve to die. There are witness to what happenend and I hope that we can see better police work if this happenes again.
Laura Mesich March 18, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Pepe was well loved and cared about by many people. He is remembered by many, and missed by many. It is terriable the way you adults are so insensative to the situation. If you dont know him you will not have the same feelings, but you can still have compassion. As an adult I can process Teenage mistakes. Yes, he knew what he was doing to a certain extent, but I am sure that he did not think he was going to have a bad reaction. Its called a "bad trip". Lots of attics die and OD, you think they wanted to die? Do you think he woke up and said "I want to stab a cop today". He was so out of his mind on drugs he probably didn't even know it was a cop. Maybe he thought he was being attacked. I am ashamed, saddened and scared that the other so called adults in this area are so stupid and can't see this situation for what it is. I would have hoped people would have been sad that another kid lost his life regarding drugs, but thats not the case.
William Taylor March 19, 2013 at 02:38 PM
SO what you are saying Laura, it is the cops fault that he was trippin'??? Who gave him the LEGAL prescription??? Remeber that commercial this is your brain on drugs??It is not an officer's job to sit there and play social worker when someone is threatning thier life. Just say no to drugs... this is an excellent example.
William Taylor March 19, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Hey another thought. People always want you to feel sorry for all the wrong reasons. Nobody put a gun to this boy head and made him do drugs. Stop the whinning. Life is tough and bad things happen to the good the bad and the ugly. Let hime rest in peace, but if you think I'm going to blame the cop for somebody doing drugs, then you a barking up the wrong tree. Take responsibility for your actions people.


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