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New details learned about off-duty officer, man shot and killed at Cahokia Walmart

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Sources say Chris Heatherly was recently hired by Washington Park, but his credibility came into question when he was a Brooklyn, Ill. police officer. (Credit: KMOV). Sources say Chris Heatherly was recently hired by Washington Park, but his credibility came into question when he was a Brooklyn, Ill. police officer. (Credit: KMOV).
Jason Stringer, 35, was shot and killed by an off-duty officer outside the Walmart in Cahokia. Credit: St. Clair County Sheriff. Jason Stringer, 35, was shot and killed by an off-duty officer outside the Walmart in Cahokia. Credit: St. Clair County Sheriff.

CAHOKIA, Ill. (KMOV.com) - The officer involved in the fatal shooting at a Walmart in Cahokia on Monday, who has been identified by sources as Chris Heatherly, had reportedly only been hired about two weeks ago by the Washington Park Police Department as a part-time, hourly officer. 

The man shot and killed, 35-year-old Jason Stringer, has a criminal background. Stringer's criminal history spans almost a dozen pages, with pending felony cases. According to documents obtained by News 4, he was found guilty of numerous crimes from violating protection orders to forgery and property damage.

Stringer was wanted for multiple felony warrants, including fleeing and eluding officers, and felon in possession of a weapon, according to police. 

Monday night's incident was not the first time Heatherly has faced scrutiny as an officer.

Back in 2015, investigators raided the Brooklyn, Illinois police department, taking out a number of guns. One of the things at issue was that Heatherly, an officer in Brooklyn at the time, was storing an AR-style rifle that had been seized as evidence in his car, instead of in the evidence vault. Allegations arose that he even posed for a picture with it.

Heatherly was not charged with any crime, but State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said at the time he would not prosecute any cases handled by Heatherly.

On Tuesday, Kelly said that remains the case, but he said, at Heatherly’s request, his office recently started reviewing all the circumstances again, to reassess Heatherly's credibility as a police officer.

Washington Park Chief Tommy Tomlinson said he had confidence in Heatherly. He could not confirm that Heatherly was the officer involved, but said Heatherly was not on the schedule and would not be put back on the schedule in Washington Park for the time being.

Two Cahokia police officers were injured during the incident. The extent of their injuries has not been released.

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