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Man shot and killed after attacking security guard with ax at marijuana dispensary

By Lacey Beasley

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CHICAGO (WBBM) — A man was shot and killed Monday morning after attacking a security guard with an ax outside a marijuana dispensary in Greektown.

Police said, around 10:05 am, a man with an ax got into an argument with a security guard outside the Zen Leaf dispensary in the 200 block of South Halsted Street.

The man swung the ax at the security guard, hitting him in the leg, and the security guard shot the man.

The man with the ax was taken to Stroger Hospital of Cook County, where he was pronounced dead, the police said.

The security guard, a 37-year-old man, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with lacerations to his left leg, and was listed in good condition.

“This morning outside Zen Leaf on Halsted Street, an individual attacked a contracted third party security guard with a weapon outside the dispensary. Both individuals were taken to hospitals with serious injuries. Zen Leaf will be closed for the remainder of Monday, September 5th to allow the Chicago Police Department to conduct their investigation of this incident,” a Zen Leaf spokesman said in an email.

Witnesses recalled initially seeing the man who attacked the security guard standing outside the door with a backpack near him before the assault. A pair of scissors also was spotted on the sidewalk after the incident.

The company’s owners said the incident was not a robbery. Witnesses suggested the argument was possibly the result of an unhappy customer.

Neighbors said the business is usually quiet.

“They’re all good people, man. Anytime I say hello to anybody there, they’re very personable nice people; really down to earth, and the security guards are also good people,” Schuyler Valentino said.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

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