ALTON — An Alton police officer on Monday shot and killed an armed man named as a "person of interest" in a shooting in south St. Louis County, Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Mark Doiron said Tuesday.
A police officer shot Isaac Jimenez, 27, of Worden at about 5:20 p.m. outside the back of a house in the 3400 block of Lincoln Avenue. Jimenez displayed a handgun when confronted by four officers, ignored commands to drop the weapon and was shot by a 10-year veteran of the Alton Police Department, Doiron said. Jimenez died at the scene.
Jimenez was wanted for questioning in a shooting Sunday in the 9200 block of Mackinaw in south St. Louis County. A 27-year-old woman was shot once in the head. She reportedly is in critical condition.
Illinois State Police is investigating the Alton shooting and will submit the results to the Madison County State's Attorney's Office to determine whether the shooting was justified.
No officers were injured in the Alton shooting.
Pfc. Emily Hejna, the Alton Police Department's public information officer, said in an email that the officer involved in the shooting is on paid leave pending the outcome of the Illinois State Police investigation. The ISP is handling all other release of information related to the shooting, she said.
In a press release Tuesday afternoon, Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn said an autopsy on Jimenez revealed he died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Jimenez also suffered other non-lethal gunshot wounds, but Nonn said the number and location of wounds is not being disclosed pending a forensic review and compilation of witness statements. Routine toxicological testing for the presence of alcohol and drugs also will be conducted.
Madison County Coroner’s Investigator Sakina T. Hall pronounced Jimenez dead at 7:15 p.m. Monday.
Funeral arrangements for Jimenez are pending.