Police: Westmont man shot after pointing rifle-like object at officers

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A 53-year-old Westmont man was shot in the leg by police early this morning after the man pointed something that looked like a rifle in the direction of officers, police said.

The man was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove with non-life threatening injuries, Westmont Police Chief Thomas Mulhearn said in a press release. He said the incident occurred while police were responding to an alleged domestic dispute in the 300 block of South Lincoln Street at 12:16 a.m.

According to the release, the man was asked to exit the home to talk with officers. After doing so, carrying a "black object that appeared to be a rifle," he pointed the object in the direction of the officers and officers fired at him, hitting him in the leg.

The release does not say how many shots were fired and what the black object is.

No officers were injured and the man is in the custody of police, the release said. The man lives alone in the home.

According to the release, no charges have been filed against the resident at this time, pending an ongoing investigation.

The Illinois State Police is investigating the incident in conjunction with the DuPage County State's Attorney's office.

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