Investigators with the Illinois State Police are in the initial stages of an investigation into the shooting of a suspect by an Alton Police Officer. A call reporting a man waving a gun was received Tuesday afternoon in the area of McClure and Harriett Streets. The suspect was confronted, allegedly refused an officer's orders and reached for a weapon in his waistband, and was shot and injured by the officer. The weapon turned out to be an airsoft type handgun, similar to a Glock semi-automatic handgun carried by Alton Police.
The Illinois State Police were called to investigate, as is policy for an officer-involved shooting. ISP Captain Jim Morrisey says there is no set timeframe to present a case.
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Morrisey says the first thing they will look at is whether the shooting was justified under the Illinois statutes and current case law. The unidentified suspect was last listed in stable condition at a St. Louis Hospital. After wrapping up the investigation, the information will be turned over to the Madison County State's Attorney's office.