Police: Man Wanted ‘Suicide by Cop’ Rather Than Face Arrest

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Osage Street on March 9 to investigate a report of a burglary that had just occurred. According to a resident, while sitting in his living room, David A. Kazmierczak, 54, 3458 N. Route 23, Ottawa, IL, allegedly forced open his back door and walked into his house demanding $45 that he claimed the resident owed him. When repeatedly told to leave the residence, Kazmierczak allegedly took the resident’s cell phone from the drafting table and left through the back door. The resident called police.

The next morning, the resident contacted police and stated that Kazmierczak told him that if he wanted his cell phone back, he would have to pay $45. The resident agreed to pay the $45 and Kazmierczak told him he would be at his residence in approximately 30 minutes.

The resident immediately contacted police.

Police responded to the residence. When they arrived, they walked to the rear of the residence and saw Kazmierczak sitting at a patio table on the screened-in porch. When Kazmierczak saw the officer he allegedly stated, "I knew this would be a set-up." Officer Studer asked Kazmierczak if the phone belonged to the resident. Kazmierczak said it did, but stated, “He can’t have it until I get my money," according to police. Officer Studer had to physically remove the phone from Kazmierczak’s hand, according to police. Kazmierczak was advised that he was under arrest and immediately grabbed the arms of a lawn chair he was sitting in and would not let go, according to police. He refused to follow any instructions, according to police.

When told to stand up and place his hands behind his back, he allegedly stated, "No, I want suicide by cop,” according to police.

Officer Obremski approached Kazmierczak from the right and held his right wrist, while Officer Studer began approaching from the left, according to police. Kazmierczak then stood up and allegedly approached Officer Studer in what police call a “threatening manner.” Officer Studer deployed his Taser. Both darts struck Kazmierczak in the abdomen, according to police, and he immediately fell to the ground. He was then taken into custody without further incident, according to police.

Kazmierczak was arrested on March 10 and charged with criminal trespass, resisting a peace officer and theft.