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Illinois State Police Investigate Officer Involved Shooting After Collinsville Homicide

PANA, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Internal Investigation (DII) is leading an investigation into the discharge of an Illinois State Police Trooper’s duty weapon after the pursuit of a homicide suspect wanted in connection to the murder of two women in the Collinsville area.

On Saturday, April 2, 2022, at approximately 11:14 a.m., the ISP Collinsville Communications Center communicated information via the Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network (ISPERN) provided by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office concerning a suspect wanted for a double homicide in the Collinsville area. Shortly after 1:00 p.m., local law enforcement located the vehicle north bound on IL Rt. 127 near Hillsboro. A pursuit ensued after officers attempted a traffic stop, which was later joined by ISP Troopers. The pursuit crossed IL Rt. 16 then north onto US Rt. 51.

After becoming partially disabled, the suspect vehicle came to a stop on US Rt. 51 just north of Pana, IL at approximately 1:53 p.m. The driver of the suspect vehicle exited and pointed a firearm in the direction of an ISP Trooper. The ISP Trooper discharged their duty weapon in the direction of the suspect. The suspect was taken to a regional hospital for the treatment of serious, life-threatening injuries. The cause and nature of those injuries is under investigation. No law enforcement officers were injured in this incident.

The involved ISP Trooper is a 26-year veteran of the Illinois State Police.

In accordance with the Police and Community Relations Improvement Act (50 ILCS 727) and the Illinois State Police Law (20 ILCS 2605), Special Agents of the Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation are investigating these events. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the double homicide in the Collinsville area.

This investigation is open and ongoing, and all evidence and facts will be submitted for review upon completion of the investigation to the Christian County State’s Attorney’s Office. To fulfill our commitment to integrity and transparency, additional information will be made public, when possible, with the advice and concurrence of the State’s Attorney. No additional information is available at this time.

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