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Chief: DeKalb police kill Malta man attacking family with knife

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 6:16 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 12:41 a.m. CDT
(Rob Winner – rwinner@shawmedia.com)
A police officer is seen leaving a home on the 1000 block of Quail Run in DeKalb, Ill., after a report of shots fired on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.

DeKALB – A DeKalb police officer fatally shot a 28-year-old Malta man about noon Tuesday when officers said he was stabbing his father and stepmother in their home on the city's south side.

The two stabbing victims – Charlotte Lupton, 67, and Carl Lupton, 57 – were taken to Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb and cooperated with initial police investigations. Police witnessed Cameron D. Lupton attack his stepmother with the knife, DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery said.

A hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday night she could not release updated condition information about the couple.

The two officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave as Illinois State Police conduct an independent investigation into the police use of deadly force, Lowery said in a news release.

"I'm confident actions of all those involved were professional and courageous," Lowery said, adding he believes the officers saved the lives of Carl and Charlotte Lupton.

According to Lowery's news release, officers from DeKalb and Northern Illinois University were dispatched to the Quail Run home after a police dispatcher heard a disturbance taking place during a phone call with Charlotte Lupton. She had requested a well-being check at a nearby address on High Pointe Drive, so telecommunicators were following up with her, the news release states.

Upon arriving at the house, police encountered Cameron Lupton, who was attacking the couple with a knife, and an officer shot Cameron Lupton, killing him, the release states.

During an interview Tuesday, Lowery would not release the officers' names or how many times the gun was fired, but said the two DeKalb police officers on the scene have been placed on paid administrative leave according to the department's policy regarding use of deadly force.

Lowery also would not comment on what kind of knife Cameron Lupton was using.

DeKalb police have had contact with Cameron Lupton before, Lowery said, but would not elaborate. Lowery also would not comment on whether DeKalb police have been called to the Lupton's house before.

Lowery declined to comment on the nature of the disturbance or where in the house it took place.

"Those facts and others will be released upon the conclusion of the investigation," Lowery said.

The house also is the site of a home-based business, Carl’s Wallpapering & Painting.

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