Central Illinois Man Dies in Officer-Involved Shooting

Apr 20, 2018

Tazewell County Deputy Chief Lower speaks to the media. (STOCK IMAGE).
Credit Tanya Koonce

Authorities say a central Illinois man has died in an officer-involved shooting.

Tazewell County Chief Deputy Jeff Lower says that officers went to a house in rural Mackinaw Friday morning in response to a call of a possibly suicidal subject with a gun. 

Lower says a 19-year-old man came out of the house and pointed a weapon toward at least one officer, and a Tazewell County sheriff's deputy then shot him in self-defense.

The man was pronounced dead at a hospital. His name hasn't been released. Lower said he had a history of mental problems. 

Lower also says that a deputy also was transported to a hospital.