Officials say Danville officers killed gun-wielding driver

June 12, 2018

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say police officers in eastern Illinois fatally shot a man when he didn’t drop a gun after they stopped his vehicle.

The Danville Commercial-News reports the shooting occurred early Tuesday after Danville officers responded to a call about a man threatening someone with a gun.

Danville public safety director Larry Thomason says two officers spotted the man’s vehicle and stopped it. Thomason says the driver was holding a gun and ignored orders to show his hands and leave the vehicle.

Officials say the 34-year-old man was from Danville, but were withholding his name until next of kin are notified.

Thomason says the officers weren’t hurt in the confrontation and have been placed on paid leave as Illinois State Police investigates the shooting.

Danville NAACP president Ed Butler and other community leaders met with Thomason. Butler says his goal is to keep Danville as peaceful as possible.


Information from: Commercial-News, http://www.dancomnews.com

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