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Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott determined the officer broke no laws, and can return to work immediately.
Last month, Officer Andrew Wittmer shot Lonnie Mitchell, who was hospitalized for a gunshot wound and continues to recover.
“Pursuant to Illinois state statute, a law enforcement officer is justified in the use of force likely to result in death or great bodily harm when he reasonably believes such force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another,” Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott said.
“After a careful review of reports and materials generated by the Illinois State Police investigation, it is the conclusion of the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office that officer Wittmer reasonably believed that the force he used was necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another when he discharged his service weapon at Lonnie Mitchell.” Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott said.
Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scot displayed pictures of Mitchell taken from Facebook that showed him posing, gangster-style, with a knife strapped to his wrist and what look like handguns tucked into the waistband of his pants, pretty much as he appeared when police confronted him in the street.