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Illinois state trooper fired over 2015 shooting in Danville

January 4, 2019

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police say a state trooper who had been on unpaid leave since a 2015 shooting outside a restaurant has been fired.

State police spokesman Lt. Matt Boerwinkle tells the (Champaign) News-Gazette that the agency’s merit board discharged Cody Garza for cause.

Garza had been on unpaid leave since the August 2015 shooting outside a restaurant in Danville, as he was in town for a high school reunion.

Prosecutors say Garza was off-duty when he fired his gun during an altercation with another man. No one was injured.

Garza was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm. Vermilion County prosecutors later dropped those charges.

Garza was assigned to Illinois State Police District 5 in Joliet, which covers Will, Kendall and Grundy counties.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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