Crime

State Police continue investigation into officer-involved shooting

Illinois State Police continue an investigation into the officer-involved shooting at the John DeShields Housing complex that happened over the weekend.

Police surrounded the building after they arrived Saturday afternoon, and the victim bolted from the front entrance of the complex when he was shot in the lower torso by the officer.

Whether there was an altercation between he and the officer is under investigation, said Cortez Slack, chief of the housing authority police.

He said police still have not spoken to the resident who lived at the apartment in Building J where the alleged burglary occurred.

“She was not at the residence when the police arrived shortly after 1 p.m., which was near the time the call went out reporting a burglary there,” Slack said.

The unnamed police officer remains on paid administration leave, pending the outcome of the investigation. The 20-year-old victim is in stable condition at St. Louis University Hospital.

It is unclear whether the shooting victim is the burglary suspect that police were looking for, Slack said.

The victim is on the “Ban and Bar” list and should not have been in the complex. Slack said investigators are trying to determine how he got into the complex.

“He’s been on the ban and bar list since 2012,” Slack said.

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Mark Doiron said state police are investigating the shooting by the officer. The burglary aspect is being investigated by the East St. Louis Police Department.

East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore could not be reached for comment.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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