Man wearing homemade body armor fatally shot by Zion police

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Man Wearing Body Armor, Taking Pics Of School Shot To Death By Police

ZION, Ill. (WGN) -- A man is dead after a police-involved shooting in north suburban Zion Wednesday morning.

Police say the 38-year-old man was carrying an airsoft gun that police thought was real. He was wearing a vest he made into body armor and was taking pictures of Zion schools.

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It started at New Tech High School around 8 a.m.. Police were called to the school for a suspicious man taking pictures of building. When they got there, the man ran away and was chased about three blocks to an alley on Ezekiel and 21st St in a residential neighborhood.

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Man wearing homemade body armor fatally shot by Zion police
A law enforcement officer works an area near the scene of a fatal police-involved shooting Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 in Zion, Ill. (Joe Shuman/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
Lake County Major Crime task force specialists work the scene of a fatal police-involved shooting Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 in Zion, Ill. (Joe Shuman/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
Law enforcement officers canvas the area for evidence following a fatal police-involved shooting Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 in Zion, Ill. (Joe Shuman/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
Law enforcement workers canvas the area for evidence following a fatal police-involved shooting Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 in Zion, Ill. (Joe Shuman/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
Lake County Major Crime task force specialists work the scene of a fatal police-involved shooting Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 in Zion, Ill. (Joe Shuman/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)

Zion Police Chief Stephen Dumyahn, left, listens as Lake County Major Crime Task Force Detective Christopher Covelli speaks during a news conference after a police involved shooting in Zion, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Covelli said officers dispatched to north suburban Zion for a suspicious person Wednesday morning began chasing the man on foot and a struggle ensued in which the man was shot. He was pronounced dead at a Waukegan hospital. (Gilbert R. Boucher II/Daily Herald via AP) 

Investigators work on a scene after a police involved shooting in Zion, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Lake County Major Crime Task Force Detective Christopher Covelli said officers dispatched to north suburban Zion for a suspicious person Wednesday morning began chasing the man on foot and a struggle ensued in which the man was shot. He was pronounced dead at a Waukegan hospital. (Gilbert R. Boucher II/Daily Herald via AP) 

A police officer takes photographs as investigators work on a scene after a police involved shooting in Zion, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Lake County Major Crime Task Force Detective Christopher Covelli said officers dispatched to north suburban Zion for a suspicious person Wednesday morning began chasing the man on foot and a struggle ensued in which the man was shot. He was pronounced dead at a Waukegan hospital. (Gilbert R. Boucher II/Daily Herald via AP) 

Investigators work on a scene after a police involved shooting in Zion, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Lake County Major Crime Task Force Detective Christopher Covelli said officers dispatched to north suburban Zion for a suspicious person Wednesday morning began chasing the man on foot and a struggle ensued in which the man was shot. He was pronounced dead at a Waukegan hospital. (Gilbert R. Boucher II/Daily Herald via AP) 

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The spokesperson for the Lake County Major Crime's Task Force says there was a struggle between the two officers in pursuit and the suspect and that's when an officer shot the man. At that time they discovered the gun wasn't real and the vest was homemade.

The man was taken to the hospital where he died.

One of the officers suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from the hospital. All schools in the Zion area were put on a soft lockdown while police made sure there was no other threat.

Neighbors and parents say the incident was very unnerving. Parents want to know why the guy was taking pictures of two schools; New Tech and Lakeview.

Authorities are not yet releasing the name of the man.

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