Man killed in officer-involved shooting in rural Carbondale identified
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. (KFVS) - A man is dead after police said he pointed a rifle at a Williamson County Sheriff’s deputy.
Illinois State Police identified the man as 47-year-old Jeremy Fowler of Carbondale, Ill.
According to the sheriff’s office, the deputy was called around 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 7, for service on Devils Fork Road in rural Carbondale.
This is north of Devil’s Kitchen Lake.
When the deputy arrived, he reportedly encountered a man, later identified as Fowler, who came toward him as he got out of his patrol vehicle.
According to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, as Fowler continued to walk closer to the deputy, he showed he held a rifle.
The deputy ordered him to drop the rifle multiple times.
The sheriff’s office said Fowler then pointed the gun at the deputy as he came closer and the deputy fired his weapon at him.
Fowler died at the scene.
In a released statement, Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Diederich voiced regret for a lost life, but was thankful the deputy was safe and uninjured.
“While any loss of life is unfortunate, we are grateful for the professionalism and safety of our deputy who survived this incident given this unthinkable situation,” Sheriff Diederich said.
The name of the deputy involved has not been released.
The sheriff’s office said the investigation is ongoing.
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