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 male with a handgun. One of the officers returned fire and the offender, 44-year-old Nakia Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three officers were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The hostage, 43-year-old Kimiki Truss, was also transported to the hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. The official cause of death for both individuals is multiple gunshot wounds.

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