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Carbondale officer justified in use of deadly force

Carbondale officer justified in use of deadly force
By: Carly O'Keefe

CARBONDALE, Ill. - Illinois State Police investigators say a southern Illinois police officer was justified in the use of deadly force against a 22-year-old Carbondale man.

At a new conference Thursday, Illinois State Police announced Carbondale Patrol Officer John Doogan acted appropriately early Monday morning when he shot Lawrence Wirth at 305 S. Beveridge Street.      

Investigators say Wirth went to the home, grabbed a kitchen knife and began stabbing a man with whom he'd previously been involved. Police say Wirth and the victim had recently broken off their relationship, and emotions were running high.

Carbondale Police responded to a 911 call at 2:39 a.m. Monday. Doogan and other officers had to force entry into a room in which the stabbing was taking place. Police say Doogan told Wirth to drop the weapon. When he did not, Doogan fired one shot at Wirth hitting him in the head or neck. Wirth was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

"The victim who we will not name as he is a domestic violence survivor told investigators Wirth would was going to kill him. He frankly stated to us, the officer saved my life,' said Carbondale Police Chief Bob Ledbetter.

 Officer Doogan is currently on administrative leave and will return to work once he completes mandatory counseling.

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