Woman injured in Marion standoff out of hospital, officers back to work

Woman injured in Marion standoff out of hospital, officers back to work
(Source: Carly O'Keefe, KFVS)
(Source: Carly O'Keefe, KFVS)
Joshua Green
Joshua Green

MARION, IL (KFVS) - A woman is out of the hospital after being injured in a standoff in Marion in late-April.

Samantha Holmes from Marion, Illinois is the name of the victim. She's in stable condition and out of the hospital.

Authorities say Joshua Green, 27, open fired at police officers as he entered an apartment building at 1408 West Main around Main and Russell Streets at 3:28 a.m. on April 28.

Police say he came out of the apartment at 7:24 a.m. and started shooting at officers again. Police say he had a had a female hostage.

Officers shot back and Green was killed. The hostage, who was Holmes, was injured in the crossfire.  The woman was transported to an hospital then flown to a trauma center out of state.

The Williamson County state's attorney spoke with Holmes on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

Based on the evidence, Williamson County State's Attorney Brandon Zanotti says they will not file any charges, and says Holmes has been cooperative with the police

She was struck by an officer's gun, that officer's name has not been released.

Zanotti says the officer struck the victim accidentally, and said the officer was aiming for Green.

The Marion officers that were on leave started back to work last week.

Green was initially struck by non-lethal bean bags when he fired at officers outside of the home. That's when officers opened fire at Green.

Attorney said Green was responsible in a burglary earlier that week, where he had stolen three guns, one of which he used to shoot at the officers on April 28.

Green had a large amount of alcohol in his system and prescription pills.

A bullet fragment was extracted from the woman and sent to a lab to determine which gun the bullet came from. According to Zanotti, the gun used in the standoff, and two others were stolen from a home east of Creal Springs on April 23.

Illinois State Police took over the investigation.

According to Zanotti, several Marion police officers were on paid administrative leave.

Green's mother said her son was distraught over a breakup with a girlfriend.

"I don't know what happened last night," Brenda Green said. "I did find Facebook postings of his this morning and it was obvious that it was a suicide by police by the postings on Facebook. Right now, I'm so numb, I don't know what to do. But I do want everybody to know that he wasn't a bad person. He was my baby."

Brenda Green said she doesn't know where her son would have gotten a firearm.

Police in Marion blocked off streets within the city and the junior high school was closed Tuesday after a standoff with the armed and barricaded subject.

The area around Main and Russell streets was blocked.

Marion Junior High School was closed due to close proximity to the incident, but all other schools in the area remained open.

Our crew on the scene reported hearing what sounded like shots being fired at one point.

A person was also taken from the scene in an ambulance, according to our crew.

A mother of three, Latoya Faust, said she was getting her children ready for school when she heard gun shots.

"I was getting my son ready to catch the bus," Faust said. "I had no clue stepping out of my house this morning that that was going on."

Faust said she was scared because she had little knowledge as to what was going on.

Faust said all she knew is that there were a lot of police in the area. She said she heard several gunshots just after 7:30 a.m.

For Cathy Mitchell, a retired woman who lives near the scene where shots were fired, she said she felt safe because she saw a high police presence.

"I felt safe, I felt secure knowing that they were out here and getting everything under control," Mitchell said.

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Officers say Green has had some criminal history of residential burglaries in the past, and state he was sentenced in 2011 and later released in January 2015.

Officers say Green was on parole.

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