State police: Farmington officer shoots attacking suspect

Apr 5, 2016

FARMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Police say a Farmington police officer shot a suspect in a domestic-battery investigation after the suspect repeatedly punched the officer in the head.

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The incident happened Saturday afternoon when the officer pulled over the suspect while responding to a report of domestic battery. 

 State police say the suspect charged the officer and began striking the officer in the head. They say the officer then grabbed a pistol and fired one shot. 

The suspect remained in the hospital Monday with a gunshot wound on his upper leg or groin area. The officer was released after being treated for bruises and evaluated for a concussion. 

The suspect is expected to face charges. The officer is on paid leave while the shooting is investigated.