Monday morning at  4:10 am, Joliet police officers were dispatched to a domestic battery in progress in the 1200 block of Justice Lake Drive. When officers arrived they found the residence was on fire.

Upon making entry, the officers found a hostage situation and were fired on by an offender with a handgun. One of the officers returned fire and the offender was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three officers were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The hostage was also transported to the hospital and this person’s condition is unknown at this time.

The Will-Grundy Major Crimes Task Force is handling the investigation.