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New details released after officer involved shooting

UPDATED: MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019 5:45 P.M. 

Police say despite repeated attempts Sunday night to get a man to drop his weapon, he refused. That prompted one of the officers on scene to fire at the man to get the shotgun out of his hands. 

Neighbors say it was here on this front porch that 40-year-old Lucas Johnson confronted police with a shotgun.

Marion Police Chief David Fitts says the situation unfolded very quickly for his officers Sunday evening… 

"This all started as a domestic situation and what I’m being told is that he threatened someone close to him, threatened their life, and that person got out of the house, ran and made the phone call to 911," said Chief Fitts. 

Fitts said two officers responded and asked Johnson to put the weapon down repeatedly, but he ignored their requests. 

"My officer felt the need for his safety, for the neighbors’ safety, that he needed to take action and discharged his weapon," said Chief Fitts. 

That officer struck Johnson, giving the police an opportunity to secure the weapon. 

Johnson was taken to Heartland Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries and flown to an out-of-state hospital. 

Chief Fitts says his department works hard to protect the welfare of the public, including the suspect. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are not only going to the mental well-being of our officer, but for the suspect, and his family," said Chief Fitts. 

Neighbors didn’t want to go on camera, but told News 3 they do their best to keep to themselves. 


MARION (WSIL) — According to a press release from the Marion Police Department, officers responded to a 9-1-1 call on Sunday night a little after 8 p.m. for a report of gunshots in the 2600 block of Ingersoll Lane.  

When officers arrived, they saw a man standing on the front porch holding what appeared to be a shotgun. After multiple requests to drop the gun, a Marion police officer shot the man. He was immediately taken into custody and transported to Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The suspect has been identified as Lucas K. Johnson, 40. 

The police officer was not injured in the incident. 

Illinois State Police was called in to conduct an official investigation.

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