Cops: We Heard Screaming

Officers shot and killed a man holding a beer bottle, a butcher knife and threatening his daughter after he threw a knife at them, investigators said.

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    Officers shot and killed a man holding a beer bottle, a butcher knife and threatening his daughter after he threw a knife at them, investigators said.

    A 50-year-old man holding a beer bottle, a butcher knife and threatening his daughter and police was shot and killed by three officers outside his home, police said.

    Manuel De Lira's family called police at 9:48 p.m. Saturday when De Lira chased his grown daughter outside their Oak Park home on Easy Street, near 54th Street, slashing at her with a butcher knife, according to Lt. Kevin Rooney.

    The caller said De Lira was armed with a knife and "going crazy," Rooney said. The line was left open as officers sped to the scene. Screaming could be heard in the background.

    When officers arrived, De Lira came from the backyard holding a beer bottle in one hand and a butcher knife in the other, according to Rooney. He ignored police commands to drop the weapon.

    "Officers deployed a Taser and a beanbag shotgun in rapid succession, but with no effect," Rooney said.

    De Lira cocked his arm and, as he threw the knife at officers, three fired their weapons, the lieutenant said. The knife landed in the street.

    The father collapsed on a three-foot fence in front of the home before falling back into the yard and was taken to a hospital. He was pronounced dead at 11:18 p.m.

    Two officers involved in the shooting are two-year veterans of the department and the other has had three years of service, Rooney said.