Troy officers shoot man who had rifle, was threatening police

News-DemocratNovember 23, 2013 

— Police shot a man after they were called to check out a noise disturbance early Saturday morning.

Officers were met by a 45-year-old man who threatened police with a rifle at an apartment building in the 300 block of Riggin Road, according to a news release from Acting Chief Rob Luttrell and a statement from Capt. Jim Morrisey of the Illinois State Police.

Officers then fired at the man, striking him.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was taken to Anderson Hospital in Maryville and then airlifted to an undisclosed hospital in St. Louis, Morrisey said. The man's condition was not available Saturday night.

"Through Troy Police Department policies and procedures, Illinois State Police were contacted and are conducting an investigation into the officer-involved shooting," the Troy news release stated.

The Troy officers were not injured.

Luttrell could not be reached for further comment.

Oscar Montgomery lives downstairs from the suspect and said he heard banging followed by gunshots.

"I looked out my window and saw him sitting out in the parking lot. He had blood coming out of his side," Montgomery said. "Then he just dumped over."

Officers surrounded the man with their guns drawn until an ambulance arrived shortly after 2 a.m.

Montgomery said he didn't know the man who lived upstairs.

"I keep to myself," Montgomery said.

Contact reporter Beth Hundsdorfer at bhundsdorfer@bnd.com or 618-239-2570.

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