EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Illinois State Police have identified a Madison County man who was armed when he was shot to death by a sheriff’s deputy investigating a neighbor’s report of a disturbance Friday evening.
Investigators say 51-year-old Barry Cloninger died at the scene of the shooting near his rural Edwardsville home.
Cloninger’s neighbors called authorities to report the odor of lighter fluid in their home in the 7100 block of State Route 140. There were also snowy footprints on their roof, which is easily accessible because the home is built into a hillside.
The residents have a wood-burning stove and suspected someone poured the flammable liquid down their chimney.
State police say deputies investigating the situation went to question Cloninger late Friday. Authorities say that’s when Cloninger confronted them with a firearm and refused demands that he drop the weapon.
The deputies got into a confrontation with the armed man and he was shot by an officer. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.