Autopsy results for man killed in police shootout

Published 05/24 2013 01:35PM

Updated 05/24 2013 05:27PM

BLOOMINGTON -- McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling has ruled the manner of death for Stephen Bethea as homicide. Bethea was killed during a shootout with police in March.

Officers responded to a domestic call involving an intoxicated person with a gun. When police arrived, Bethea pointed a loaded weapon at officers and refused to drop it when told to do so.

The officers fired, killing Bethea. Autopsy results show Bethea was shot multiple times in the stomach, pelvis and right forearm. Toxicology results show Bethea had a blood alcohol content of 0.469.

The Illinois State Police determined the use of force in the officer-involved shooting was justified. The McLean County State's Attorney is not pursuing charges against any of the officers involved.

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