The national tension involving police shootings has hit close to home. A Decatur man is in serious condition after a Decatur police officer who believed he had a gun, shot the suspect in the chest Monday morning. The investigation has been turned over to the Illinois State Police. Interim Police Chief Jim Getz describes the weapons carried by Lonnie Mitchell II.
Getz says the handling of the incident is a study in police restraint and going the extra mile for care of the suspect.
The officer is a five year veteran of the Decatur department.