State police investigates Nokomis officer-involved shooting

NOKOMIS (Heartland Newsfeed) — The Illinois State Police is conducting an independent investigation of an officer-involved shooting that took place Friday evening, June 15 in Nokomis, according to a press release made available Monday afternoon. The investigation was requested by the Nokomis Police Department.

According to a preliminary investigation, a Nokomis officer was dispatched to the residence of 44-year-old David L. Hicks, located at 219 Frederick Street, for a domestic disturbance call. The unidentified officer arrived at the residence and spoke with the complainant outside the residence. Hicks left the residence on foot prior to the officer’s arrival. The officer took to pursuit, making contact with Hicks at the 100 block of Sherman Street.

Following contact with Hicks, perceived actions by Hicks resulted in the officer fearing for his life and ended up discharging his duty weapon, striking Hicks. Hicks was later presumed deceased by Montgomery County coroner Randy Leetham.

No officers were injured in the incident.

The investigation is ongoing and the results will be turned over to Montgomery County state’s attorney Bryant Hitchings for further review.

No additional information is available at this time.

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Jake Leonard is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. He is general manager of Heartland Internet Media Networks and an active contributor to four newspapers for Pana News Group. He also serves as chairman of Tri-Counties Libertarian Party and Capital Area Libertarian Party, deputy candidate recruitment director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois and as chairman/co-founder of the Libertarian Party Millennial Caucus.