Peoria County Rules Chillicothe Office Involved Shooting a Justified Use of Deadly Force

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In Peoria County, the State’s Attorney’s Office has concluded its investigation into the February 13 incident involving Chillicothe Police and Marvin V. Martin III. Authorities state that Officer-involved shooting was justified given that Martin, reportedly in possession of a stolen vehicle and armed, fired first at the officer. The detailed review included witness statements, digital evidence, and a thorough examination of the facts, confirming the officer acted in self-defense. This decision comes after the recovery of a Smith & Wesson 9mm from the scene and forensic analysis matching the weapon to cartridges found nearby. The officer, wounded during the encounter, has been deemed justified in using deadly force under Illinois law.

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