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On October 22nd, 2013 Sergeant Cascone and 005th District Officers responded to a “Person with a Knife” call at 258 E 107th St. Once on scene, they heard screams coming from the house and the offender was seen through a window attempting to stab his mother with a knife. The decision was made for a forced entry. Sgt Cascone pried open the security gate and struck the front door with a battering ram. Waiting in ambush, the offender attacked Sgt Cascone with two large butcher knives as he entered the front door. The offender managed to close and lock the security gate and barricade the front door. Sgt Cascone sustained multiple stab wounds to his face.

005th District Officers made a second forced entry to the house and found that the offender had turned on all of the stove burners to flood the home with gas. Officer Chris Skarupinski shut off the gas and broke windows to ventilate the house. Officers Skarupinski, Nelson Lopez and Lawrence Williams came upon the offender, who was still armed with two butcher knives, in the basement. They ordered the offender to drop the knives, but he refused and lunged at Officer Skarupinski. Officers Skarupinski, Williams and Lopez each fired their weapons in fear of their lives. The offender was struck about the body and fell to the ground. He later expired from his wounds.

Sgt. James Cascone: joined the Chicago Police Department in May of 1994 and is currently assigned to the 005th District/Calumet. During his extensive police career, Sgt. Cascone has served in the 010th District, 001st District, 022nd District, 008th District, 21st District, 007th District and Mobile Strike Force.

P.O. Chris Skarupinski: joined the Chicago Police Department in May of 2008 and is currently assigned to the 005th District/Calumet as a Tactical Officer. P.O. Skarupinski has also served in TRU and the Area South Detective Division.

P.O. Lawrence Williams: joined the Chicago Police Department in 2004 and is currently assigned to the Gang Intelligence Division. He has also served in the 005th District and the Fugitive Apprehension Unit.

P.O. Nelson Lopez: joined the Chicago Police Department in October of 2001 and is currently assigned to the 005th District/Calumet. He has also served in the 004th District, 025th District, 019th District, 008th District and Mobile Strike Force.

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