EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons filed multiple charges Thursday against an Edwardsville man who was shot by police following an incident that left another officer injured in the shooting.
Seven police officers from multiple jurisdictions went to the home of Jay A. Hanks, 42, in the 300 block of South Fillmore Street in Edwardsville at approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015, to serve a search warrant. The warrant was a result of an investigation by the Edwardsville Police Department after the department received a tip from the Jerseyville Police Department regarding potential child pornography activity on a computer registered to an IP address at the home. The Edwardsville and Jerseyville police departments are members of the Illinois attorney general’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
Officers made initial contact with Hanks, who proceeded to display a handgun. A struggle ensued between Hanks and the officers who were trying to remove the weapon from Hanks’ possession. During this struggle, when the gun being waved toward the officers in the room, a Madison County sheriff’s deputy fired one shot, striking an Edwardsville officer in the hand and Hanks in the face. Both men were transported to area hospitals and have since been released.
“The events of yesterday morning demonstrate the dangers police officers face on a daily basis,” Gibbons said. “We are fortunate that the incident did not have fatal consequences.”
Gibbons praised the work of officers who acted quickly to subdue the defendant and the scene so that there was no additional threat to residents. Gibbons also thanked forensic investigators with the Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office, who worked with ICAC to expedite the search of Hanks’ computer.
Hanks was charged with four counts of child pornography, a Class X felony; and seven counts of aggravated assault, a Class 4 felony. Maximum penalty for a Class X felony is six to 30 years in prison and one to three years in prison for a Class 4 felony. Hanks is also facing one count of armed violence, an enhanced Class X felony, in which he faces 15 to 30 years in prison if convicted of the crime.
Hanks is in custody at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville, where he is being held on a bond of $1.2 million set by Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli.
The Illinois State Police is handling the investigation into the actions by the sheriff’s deputy. Once completed, it is anticipated that they will forward their report to the State’s Attorney’s Office. No additional information is available at this time.
These charges, as well as the statements made herein, are based upon probable cause. The defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.