The Illinois State Police are assisting in an investigation after an Alton police officer shot a suspect Tuesday, critically wounding him. The Officer had been responding to a call for shots fired in the area of McClure and Harriett Street when he encountered the suspect.
Alton Police Chief Jake Simmons say an officer fired on the man when he drew a weapon after being ordered to the ground.
"The initial investigation disclosed that the gun the suspect drew was an airsoft-type handgun," he aid. "The handgun looks identical to a Glock semi-automatic handgun carried by law enforcement."
Chief Simmons says it's a tragic incident any time a law officer has to discharge a weapon. The officer involved is on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
As the Illinois State Police get ready to begin issuing concealed weapons permits, they're letting residents know more about the requirements of the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
Concealed carry license applicants must successfully complete 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instruction. So the ISP website now includes a list of approved concealed carry firearms training curricula. The website also provides an updated list of qualified instructors.
Concealed carry license applications will be available by January 5, 2014.
More information can be found at the ISP's firearms ccw website.
Illinois State Police are preparing to launch Operation Fatal 4 over Labor Day weekend -- one the busiest driving periods on Illinois roadways.
Troopers will saturate the interstates and local roadways looking for drivers committing the four most common traffic violations: Speeding, DUI, seat belt violation, and distracted driving. ISP officials say drivers who choose to violate the law face fines and possible jail time.
This is the seventh year of the Fatal 4 Mission. Last year, troopers made more than 90 DUI arrests and cited more than 3,300 drivers for speeding, distracted driving and seat belt violations over the Labor Day weekend.
A Waterloo man is critically injured after falling about 50 feet as he reportedly fled from a crash.
The single-car accident happened around 8:30 Monday evening along Interstate 255 just west of Illinois Route 3.
Illinois State Police have identified the driver as 21 year old Thomas Falk.
Witnesses told police that Falk appeared to have a head injury when he got out of his car. Police say Falk argued with someone who had reported the crash to police, then jumped over a guardrail and fell to the railroad tracks below.
Falk was taken to St. Louis University Hospital by Arch helicopter. His condition is reported to be very critical.
It had begun around 10:30 Monday morning. Police say an armed man in his 40s had barricaded himself inside a home in the 500 block of Woodthrust Street. Police say the man had threatened to take his own life, and possible attack police as well.
Police had tried to talk the man out, but moved in after negotiations broke down.
The man was taken to a hospital for observation.
District 11 Commander, Captain Brad Parsons said Sunday that the Nighttime Enforcement Patrols are aimed at getting unsafe drivers off the road. Parsons says alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in over 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois, so patrols will especially watch for impaired drivers.
The month-long traffic safety project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation.