The fatal shooting of a rural Edwardsville man Friday night is being investigated by the Illinois State Police. 51-year-old Barry Cloninger (pictured) was shot by a Madison County Sheriff's deputy as they investigated a call of suspicious activity at a home in the 7,100 block of State Route 140 in Edwardsville. There had apparently been an ongoing property dispute for a number of years between Cloninger and the neighbor that phoned the Sheriff's Department.
At that point, officers approached the Cloninger residence, and he allegedly greeted them holding a shotgun. According to police after refusing to drop his weapon Cloninger was shot by a deputy, then ran to the back of the property where he was later found dead. Lieutenant Dave Wasmuth with the Illinois State Police says as part of the investigation, they have to deal with the emotional impact on all parties:
He says there is not set timetable on completing the investigation, but notes toxicology results can take up to two months to come back. At the conclusion of their investigation, the findings will be turned over to the Madison County State's Attorney's office for review. The State's Attorney's Office will then decide if charges are warranted.