Armed Suspect Shot While Aiming Handgun at Police
ISP NEWS RELEASE
MASSAC COUNTY, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials and the Massac County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred today, April 2, 2015, in rural Massac County, Illinois.
At approximately 12:02 p.m., the Massac County Sheriff’s Department received a call requesting a welfare check for a suicidal subject threatening to shoot himself at a rural Massac County home. Officers were initially unable to locate the subject based on information received during the initial call.
At approximately 1:12 p.m., the Massac County Sheriff’s Department received a call reporting a man with a gun at the Pell Cemetery in rural Massac County. Officers from the Brookport Police Department, Massac County Sheriff’s Department, and Illinois State Police located the subject in his vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The subject refused to stop and continued to the intersection of Illinois Route 145 and Waldo Church Road.
The Metropolis Police Department deployed stop sticks at that location. The truck stopped and the subject was still armed with a handgun. The subject refused to drop the gun after being given verbal commands by officers. Two Metropolis officers deployed their tasers which were ineffective, and the subject subsequently pointed his gun at the officers. One Metropolis officer fired his weapon fatally wounding the subject. The subject’s gun was recovered at the scene.
At this time, no motive has been determined and the investigation continues. Next of kin notification is pending.
Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the response including the Illinois State Police (ISP) Zone 7, District 22 (Ullin), ISP Crime Scene Services, Brookport PD, Metropolis PD, and Massac County Sheriff’s Office. Any further inquiries should be directed to the Massac County States Attorney Patrick Windhorst, (618) 524-2587.