EDWARDSVILLE — Illinois State Police are investigating the second officer-involved shooting this week in the Metro East.
ISP District 11 Capt. Jim Morrisey said his agency is reviewing the actions of police officers attempting to serve a search warrant at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of South Fillmore Street in Edwardsville. In an attempt to collect a computer, officers from several agencies knocked at the house’s door and identified themselves as police executing a search warrant. A white man, about age 40, met them at the door and displayed a handgun. In a struggle over the weapon, a Madison County sheriff’s deputy fired one shot, and the man and an Edwardsville police officer were shot. The Edwardsville officer was shot in the hand and the man was shot near his jaw.
Morrisey said both were alert and walked to ambulances after the shooting. They were taken to Missouri hospitals for follow-up care and their injuries were not life-threatening.
It was not clear Monday afternoon whether the man fired a shot or if the shot fired by the deputy was responsible for both injuries, Morrisey said.
“We’re still working our way through that to confirm what exactly happened,” Morrisey said.
He said any charges related to the struggle over the weapon would go through the Edwardsville Police Department or the sheriff’s department. State Police are investigating only the officers’ actions.
An Alton police officer fatally shot Isaac Jimenez, 27, of Worden, at about 5:20 p.m. Monday outside the back of a house in the 3400 block of Lincoln Avenue. Police said Jimenez displayed a handgun when confronted by four officers, ignored commands to drop the weapon and was shot by a 10-year APD veteran.
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.
The officer is on paid leave pending the outcome of an Illinois State Police investigation into whether the shooting was justified.
“Our thoughts go out to the Edwardsville Police and the Madison County Sheriff’s Departments today,” a post on the Alton Police Department’s Facebook page states. “This makes two officer-involved shootings this week in our area. All officers know it is possible, but none hope it happens to them. When an officer does have to discharge their weapon, it is hard for them too. Please remember that as you post any comments about the incidents and keep everyone involved in your thoughts and prayers now and forever.”