Police Officer Involved Shooting in Dixon
A serious situation in Dixon occurred earlier today as a suspect armed with a knife was shot by Dixon police.Dixon Police released a report saying that shortly after 11:30 this morning, officers were called to 805 West 3rd Street in reference to a report of a hostage situation. A woman called to report a man was holding his girlfriend held hostage at knife point.
Seven Dixon officers arrived on scene within five minutes of the call and located a man standing on the front porch of the residence armed with a knife. Police say that officers the man with the knife was very upset.
The names of the officers, suspect and victim have not been released
While officers were trying to de-escalate the situation, another man walked out of the house on the porch. The suspect armed with the knife attacked the man and stabbed him in the stomach. Officers attempted to use a taser on the suspect, but were not successful
Two police officers were forced to fire their handguns, as a result the suspect was shot in the abdomen, in the leg, and in the wrist.
Polcie say that the suspect and the victim were transported to a KSB in Dixon. later, the suspect was flown Rockford for Further treatment. The Suspect and victim both sustained non-life threatening injuries.
As is the case when a police shooting occurs, Illinois State Police are called in to conduct an independent investigation.
Something this is very rare for a small town like Dixon.
Dixon Police Chief Langloss released this statement:
Officers go their entire career hoping to never use their firearm, but there are some situations where they are left with no choice. This is one of those situations. Today, our police officers showed incredible bravery in the face of danger, and because of their actions, they saved the life of an innocent person. I have asked the Illinois State Police to conduct a thorough, independent investigation of the use of force. All indications from witnesses and video evidence are that the officers acted appropriately and within the law. I am very proud of our police officers and we are glad that the suspect will be ok.