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The Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation is helping investigate a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred on April 1st in Macoupin County. On April 1st at 7:04 PM, the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a well-being check at a residence in Brighton along with the Brighton Police. The Police responded to the 100 block of North Street in Brighton. The caller was identified as 47-year-old James A. Iler. 


According to deputies, Iler made alarming statements on the call that warranted a response to check on his well-being. Three Macoupin County Sheriff’s Officers along with one Brighton Police Officer responded to the scene and spent more than 50 minutes talking to Iler. During the incident, Iler allegedly charged at one of the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Officers while armed with a knife and the Deputy fired two shots at Iler. Iler fell to the ground and was given CPR. Iler would succumb to his injuries on the scene. No officers were injured.


The incident is still under investigation, and anyone with any additional information is encouraged to contact ISP Zone 6 investigations at 618-571-4124 or contact Crime Stoppers at 866-371-8477.

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