By Lacey Beasley
CHICAGO (WBBM) — A man was shot and killed Monday morning after attacking a security guard with an axe outside a marijuana dispensary in Greektown.
Police said, around 10:05 a.m., a man with an axe 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 axe at the security guard, hitting him in the leg, and the security guard shot the man.
The man with the axe was taken to Stroger Hospital of Cook County, where he was pronounced dead, 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…