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No charges against Springfield officer in fatal shooting of mentally ill man

The Sangamon County State’s Attorney Office will not file charges against a Springfield police officer who shot and killed a mentally ill man in January.

According to the State Journal Register, State’s Attorney John Milhiser announced Thursday that his office has determined the eight shots fired on Jan. 23 by Springfield Officer John Shea were justified.

All eight of those shots hit 26-year-old Daniel Rogers. Shea suffered a broken nose and a concussion during the altercation, the State Journal Register reported.

Shea, 44, is a 12-year veteran of the department.

In body-worn camera footage released Thursday, Milhiser said it’s clear Shea had a reason to believe his life was in danger as Rogers began fighting with him and grabbing for his gun.

Rogers was described as mentally ill by a family member, according to the State Journal-Register.

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