Man dead, 2 officers injured in Aurora shootout

AURORA, Ill. — Authorities say a man has died and two police officers were wounded in a shootout in Aurora.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Thursday near Galena Boulevard and Lasalle Street.

The Aurora Police Department says two special operations investigators followed a vehicle they'd spotted leaving a suspected gang house and pulled it over.

Police say the driver fired at them and sped off before crashing and running away.

Police say the man and the investigators fired shots and the man was fatally shot.

The dead man is identified as Santiago Calderon, 36, of Aurora. Police said he was out on bond on a weapons charge at the time of the shooting.

One of the officers, identified as 10 year veteran Collin Griffin, was wounded in the leg.

Chief Kristan Ziman says her officers had no choice but to open fire.

“When officers are fired upon we are going to respond. For the protection of ourselves and the other citizens,” Ziman said.

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin made a statement saying, “It’s unfortunate that a criminal decided to carry a gun and fire upon a police officer shape. And it’s a shame that there was a loss of life because of that criminals actions.”

Officer Griffin was treated and released from an area hospital. His partner Matt Huber also a 10 year veteran suffered an unspecified, non-gunshot injury in the incident.  He too was treated and released.

The Kane County Major Crimes Task Force is investigating.