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ST. CHARLES, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Investigators were looking into possible stalking charges against a northwest suburban man before he was shot and killed Sunday by Sleepy Hollow police responding to a domestic battery incident, the Courier-News is reporting.

Erdenebileg Sambuunyam, 40, of the 1200 block of Deerfield Parkway in Buffalo Grove was pronounced dead at 12:38 p.m. Sunday at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin following the incident that morning at a Sleepy Hollow residence.

According to police, two Sleepy Hollow officers shot Sambuunyam after he slashed at them with a knife. The officers are on paid administrative leave while Illinois State Police investigate the incident, Sleepy Hollow Police Chief James Linane said.

Sambuunyam had been involved with three police reports in Kane and Lake counties in the past two months involving a woman he'd had a dating relationship with, police said.

Sambuunyam was arrested after a 6:30 p.m. incident on Dec. 1 in Kane County, said Lt. Pat Gengler of the Kane County Sheriff's office.

According to Gengler, Sambuunyam showed up at a home on the 40W500 block of Bowes Road near Elgin, where the woman worked as a caregiver.

According to the report, Sambuunyam walked into the house uninvited and demanded the victim hand over her cell phone, the report stated.

Sambuunyam was charged with felony counts of criminal trespass and theft in that incident. He was released on a $2,000 bond.

On Feb. 12, he was accused of battering the same woman in Buffalo Grove.

According to Buffalo Grove police, the victim told police she returned to their home at about 10:30 p.m. and found Sambuunyam heavily intoxicated and agitated.

"He found another man's phone number in her belongings," the report said. "Sambuunyam had been messaging her on Facebook, threatening her to return home from work, or he would come to her work place."

She told police that Sambuunyam then hit her "20 to 30 times."

"He also grabbed her by the hair and pulled her into the laundry room and began pushing her head into the wall three or four times," the report said. "The abuse continued for approximately one hour. At one point he ordered her into the kitchen, where he picked up two kitchen knives, held them up in both hands and threatened to kill her."

However, before she reported the incident to police there, he returned to the Bowes Road address the next day and confronted the victim again, Gengler said.

Sambuunyam was gone before sheriff's officers arrived, Gengler said, and the victim was told to file battery charges in Buffalo Grove.

That, he said, is when officers began investigating Sambuunyam for additional charges.

"She makes that report and we start to see that this is more than just a second incident … is this a stalking case?" Gengler said.

Sambuunyam was shot by officers in Sleepy Hollow before that determination could be made, Gengler said.

Language barriers had impeded the investigation. Sambuunyam was from Mongolia and spoke limited English, he said.

A woman and another man were injured during the Sleepy Hollow incident. Police have not released the identities of those two or said what their relationship had been with Sambuunyam other than to describe it as a domestic disturbance.

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