Edwardsville officer recovering at home after shooting

An Edwardsville police officer injured in an officer-involved shooting this week is home and doing well, according to his police chief.

The officer has not been named, as the Edwardsville Police Department’s policy is not to name victims, even if they are police officers, according to Chief Jay Keeven. However, he confirmed Friday that the officer has been released from the hospital and is at home and resting.

The officer was injured Wednesday morning as seven officers from various departments attempted to serve a search warrant on a computer at an Edwardsville residence. The resident, 42-year-old Jay Hanks, allegedly pulled a weapon, and a Madison County Sheriff’s deputy fired his weapon as Hanks grappled with the Edwardsville officer. Both Hanks and the Edwardsville officer were hit; Hanks in the jaw, the officer in the hand.

Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton declined to comment, other than expressing his relief that the officer would be OK.

Earlier in the week, Alton Police shot and killed Isaac Jimenez of Worden, who was sought in the murder of Melissa McCart in St. Louis on Sunday morning. Jimenez was caught trying to break into a friend’s home in Alton and allegedly refused to drop his weapon. McCart had been in critical condition for three days before she died late Wednesday in a St. Louis hospital. Her death is under investigation by St. Louis County Police’s homicide unit.

Both police shootings are being investigated by the Illinois State Police and will be presented to Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons to determine whether the police officers’ actions were justified. Gibbons said those investigations and reports will take some time, and no determinations have been made yet.

Hanks has been charged with seven counts of aggravated assault, four counts of child pornography and one count of armed violence.