A Macoupin County Sheriff’s Deputy has been cleared of any wrong doing in a case where he shot a man in the leg that allegedly pointed a weapon at officers. The incident took place on March 27 in rural Mount Olive when deputies were called to check on an elderly woman.
Macoupin County State’s Attorney Jennifer Watson issued her ruling this week that indicated the officer was justified in the use of force in the case. Illinois State Police investigated the incident and turned over its findings to the state’s attorney for her opinion. When police arrived at the home on Route 138, they were greeted at the door by 30-year-old Brett Foster who was armed with a rifle. Police reportedly stepped back and ordered the man to drop the gun, and one officer shot Foster in the leg when he refused to obey the command. He was treated and released from the hospital for the shooting injury. Foster is charged with aggravated assault to a police officer and is scheduled to appear in court this month.