Officers cleared in Dixon, Ill. police involved shooting-UPDATED


UPDATE: In a statement by the Lee County State’s Attorney,  Anna Sacco-Miller says the Lee County State’s Attorney, Anna Sacco-Miller, found the officers had no choice but to discharge their weapons in the September case and that they did the right thing. Sacco-Miller said video and audio from the incident in September proved they followed protocol.

The Dixon police chief said the whole department will have a debriefing from this incident. He told the media he is proud of these officers

DIXON, Ill. (KWQC) — Illinois State Police have finished their investigation into an officer involved shooting last month in Dixon.

According to police, on Wednesday morning, September 7, 2016, officers were called to 805 W. 3rd St. for a hostage situation. Police said a female was being held at knife-point by her boyfriend, later identified as 33-year-old Justin Llanas.

Dixon IL Police Department
Photo: Justin Llanas – Dixon IL Police Department

Llanas came out onto the porch with a six inch blade knife in his hand. Police said they tried to talk to him to deescalate the situation, when another man inside the house opened the door. Police told him to go back inside.That’s when they say Llanas stabbed the man in the stomach.

At that point, officers used a taser on Llanas, but say it didn’t work. That’s when they say they fired shots, hitting him in the stomach, wrist and leg.

Llanas survived and is facing charges, including attempted first degree murder, aggravated battery, unlawful restraint, domestic battery, and resisting/obstructing a peace officer.

The Lee County State’s Attorney says she will release the findings of the state investigation regarding the officers’ use of deadly force on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

Stay tuned to KWQC-TV6 and for updates when we receive them.

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