Massac County state's attorney rules officer-involved shooting was justified

State's attorney says shooting justified
Published: Apr. 24, 2015 at 5:25 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 24, 2015 at 5:31 PM CDT
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METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) - Massac County State's Attorney Patrick Windhorst has completed his review of the investigation into the Metropolis officer-involved shooting that took place on April 2 in Massac County, Illinois.

"Based on my review of the evidence and applicable law, the officer's use of deadly force in the shooting of Donald Hicks was justified," Windhorst said.

Authorities say the suspect Donald J. Hicks, 63, of Massac County was pronounced dead at the scene.

After a chase, police asked Hicks several times to drop his gun, according to state police. ISP said he then pointed the gun at the officers.

They say Hicks threatened to take his own life.

That's when a Metropolis police officer shot him, according to state police.

Two Metropolis police officers tried to use a stun gun on him before the shooting, but it was unsuccessful.

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