ISP determines "deadly force" justified

BLOOMINGTON -- The Illinois State Police determined deadly force in an officer-involved shooting was justified. It happened March 13 when officers arrived at a domestic disturbance call at the home of Stephen Bethea.

Bethea pointed a loaded weapon at the officers and refused to drop it after being told to do so. The officer fired his weapon. Bethea later died of his injuries. In light of the ISP's report, the McLean County State's Attorney is not pursing any charges against the officers involved.

The police department will now conduct an administrative review of the incident to make sure all departmental policies and procedures were followed as well as identify any training or equipment issues within the department. A formal release will be made after the review is completed.

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