UPDATE: ISP identifies man shot to death after holding Hancock County deputy at gunpoint, stealing patrol vehicle

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UPDATE: The Illinois State Police issued a press release on Tuesday, July 19, identifying the man who was shot in killed in this incident as Timothy Ostrander, 31, of Muscatine, Iowa.

CARTHAGE, Ill. — The Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation Zone 4 was contacted Wednesday, July 13 by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to investigate a shooting incident involving two deputies with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

Preliminary information indicates officers with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious person. During the interaction with the subject, the subject entered the first responding officer’s patrol vehicle and held the officer at gunpoint. The officer exited the patrol vehicle, and shots were fired at the subject.

A second responding officer was on scene and picked up the first responding officer. The subject then took control of the patrol vehicle and fled the scene. A short pursuit ensued, and it ended with an exchange of gunfire between the officers and the subject near U.S. Route 136 and Hancock County Road 2500 East.

The subject was pronounced deceased at an area hospital a short time later. No officers were injured in the incident. 

The investigation is active and ongoing.

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