Officer-Involved Shooting in Southern Illinois
By West Kentucky Star Staff
HARDIN COUNTY - Illinois State Police are conducting an independent investigation at the request of the Hardin and Pope County sheriff’s departments into an officer-involved shooting that took place Sunday in Hardin County. 

Police said a deputy responded Saturday night to a possible burglary in the 900 block of Illinois Route 43 in Pope County.  As the male suspect fled the scene, he was alleged to have stolen the deputy’s vehicle, an unmarked squad car. 

Deputies from the Hardin and Pope County sheriff’s departments found the vehicle abandoned Sunday morning on Illinois Route 34 at the north edge of Eichorn. Deputies from Pope and Hardin County Sheriff’s Departments located the suspect near the squad car and attempted to take him into custody. 

After a brief encounter, the deputies fired at the suspect, who was struck. The subject was flown directly from the scene to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

No officers or bystanders were injured during the incident. The name of the subject is not being released, pending further investigation and potential charges.  

Published 07:30 PM, Sunday Feb. 21, 2021
Updated 02:59 PM, Monday Feb. 22, 2021



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