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Man sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting at Dupo police officer

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According to data from the FBI, property and violent crimes continue to decrease in Illinois, though the violent crime's are still slightly higher than the national average.

A 39-year-old man was sentenced this week for shooting a semi-automatic pistol at a Dupo police officer.

The shooting happened in 2017. William V. Bowen Jr. was fleeing police, first in his car and then on foot, before he fired the gun at Officer Bradley Penet, who wasn’t struck.

On Thursday, St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida sentenced Bowen to 20 years in prison.

St. Clair County State’s Attorney James Gomric credited K-9 Degen and his handler Officer Michael Young, of the Wood River Police Department, with finding the gun, which Bowen threw during the chase.

In a news release, Gomric stated that it “may never have been found without their service.”

Degen died later in 2017 after he was diagnosed with aggressive cancer.

Lexi Cortes covers the issues and events in education that matter to metro-east students, parents and taxpayers. She won a first-place award from the Illinois Press Association in 2018 for her work on a series of stories about proposals to increase sales tax rates, focusing on how those increases could affect schools and residents.


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