Adams Co. Sheriff’s deputies shoot and kill man who pointed gun at them; subject had threatened suicide

QUINCY — A man who pointed a handgun at Adams County Sheriff’s deputies and threatened to kill himself was shot and killed Thursday afternoon in a field off Radio Road south of Quincy.

Adams County Sheriff Tony Grootens said deputies responded around 4 p.m. on West Radio Road west of Ill. 57. Deputies blocked off West Radio Road for well over two hours.

The suspect got out of his car and ran into a field before pointing the gun at officers, who returned fire and killed the subject.

Three sheriff’s deputies were involved in the fatal shooting. Grootens said they were not injured but they were taken to Blessing Hospital for evalution.

The Illinois State Police’s Department of Criminal Investigation unit (DCI) will conduct the investigation of the incident.

Tri-Township Fire Department and Adams County EMS also responded to the call. Tri-Township was using its infra-red drone camera to survey the crime scene as part of the investigation.

Grootens said ASCO would have further details Friday morning.

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