EDWARDSVILLE — A grand jury has determined three Granite City police officers were justified in shooting two suspects earlier this year.
According to a press release Friday from Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, in both cases, the grand jury issued special reports that the officers’ actions fell within legal guidelines for use of force.
The first grand jury special report involved an incident at the Easy Stop service station on Edwardsville Road on July 9. Two officers responded to an early morning 911 call from Stephen S. Minch, 45, whom they discovered in his vehicle. Minch, a resident of St. Charles, Mo., pointed a loaded gun at officers and refused orders to put down the weapon. Two officers fatally shot Minch.
The second special report concerned an incident on Aug. 2, 2014. Officers responded to a home in the 2400 block of Delmar following a report of an injured woman. The officers repeatedly ordered Thomas E. Noser, 52, who was armed with a knife, to drop his weapon. Noser charged at an officer before being shot twice by police, officials said.
Noser is accused of battering his mother, 76, with a baseball bat. Officials said Noser also attacked another family member, a 38-year-old man, with the bat. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and aggravated domestic battery. He is in custody at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville on a $500,000 bond.
The Illinois State Police investigated both incidents. First Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Vucich presented the cases to the grand jury Aug. 28.