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No Charges For DNR Officer in Interstate 88 Shooting

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     An Illinois Conservation Officer who shot and killed a man last November. It happened on Interstate 88 in Whiteside County in cleared of any charges. The scene that snarled traffic for hours, and led to a state trooper being injured too.

     The report the Whiteside County State's Attorney released Friday spells out some of the things said from the officers involved and the suspect before he was shot.

     It all started the morning of November 22nd with a welfare check on a van alongside the road.  A conservation officer and state trooper say the driver, Shane Cataline from Ohio was acting overly nervous and was on the phone saying "this isn't gonna end well."

     The officers let him leave but then learned it was a 911 call Cataline had made. Dispatchers reported he also said things like "I'm in a lot of trouble" and "I think I'm going to be disappearing or something." Officers decided another welfare check was in order. The report says Cataline did not cooperate when officers asked him several times to shut off his vehicle. Things escalated quickly when Cataline turned and floored the vehicle, driving it straight at the trooper and pinning him against the squad car.

     Five rounds were fired by the conservation officer at the van, killing Cataline. Words exchanged by the officers soon after are detailed in the report as well. One saying "I thought you were getting killed. I had to shoot him," and the trooper responded, "I thought I was gonna die, too."

     The  Whiteside County State's Attorney says the conservation officer's actions were justified and he is back on duty. There's no word yet from Illinois State Police on the status of the injured trooper.


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