Suspect dies in police-involved shooting

Published On: Jan 30 2013 05:03:25 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 29 2013 06:34:59 AM EST

One person died in a police-involved shooting in Springfield Monday night, according to authorities.


The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says a domestic violence battery suspect was shot and killed on Monday night after trying to grab an officer's gun. An officer was grazed by a bullet during the altercation, but is expected to make a full recovery.

It happened at 12th and Pearl Streets shortly after 8:15 p.m. on Monday. Officers responding to the home began talking with the suspect and other people inside a home to figure out what happened.

"Apparently this person was at the house and there was a fight with some teenagers in the house, and they may all be related," said JSO Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt. "There was some shoving, somebody was shoved into a cabinet, a glass door. So the officers, after doing this, the determination was made that they would arrest the individual for domestic battery

One officer approached the suspect from behind while the other was in front.  The suspect said he just got out of jail and wasn't going back and they would have to kill him, according to one of the officers.

"They attempted to handcuff him and during that, he started struggling with one officer. It was described as a tackling kind of move. They went to the ground," Senterfitt said.

The suspect reached around and got hold of the officer's gun on the ground and tried to rip it out of the holster, according to Senterfitt.  One officer fired his gun several times and killed the suspect.

The second officer was on the ground and had an injury to one of his thighs that's possibly from one of those bullets.  Senterfitt said it was a graze wound or ricochet wound to his thigh, and the officer was expected to be treated and released from the hospital Monday night.

The injured officer was identified as Kevin Kilcoin, who's been on the force less than four years.  The officer who killed the suspect was identified as Scott Williams, who's been on the force for six years.

Police said Williams will be placed on administrative leave for the initial part of the investigation, which is standard procedure.

The suspect's identity and criminal background was not immediately released, but that information was expected to be released at a 11 a.m. Tuesday news conference.


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