A domestic violence call got ugly Wednesday when a man wielding a chainsaw approached sheriff’s deputies in Maeystown.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department was called to a Maeystown home after a woman called 911 just before 8 p.m., saying her ex-husband was pounding on her door and trying to get into her home. The woman said her ex, 53-year-old Edwin Esker, had a chainsaw and was threatening to harm her.
Two deputies approached the home and encountered Esker, who was coming around a sharp corner, according to a news release.
Deputies warned Esker to drop the running chainsaw, but he ignored them, authorities said. Esker began to approach the deputies in an “aggressive manner,” according to a news release, and a deputy fired three rounds from his gun, striking Esker three times.
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Esker was pronounced dead outside the home after he was shot. Illinois State Police is conducting an independent investigation of the shooting.