Police release bodycam video of response that led to officers shooting, killing man in Litchfield

Published: Nov. 24, 2022 at 3:07 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV) -- A man died after police said he flashed a gun at officers during an incident in Litchfield on Thanksgiving day. Police video shows the minutes before officers shot and killed him.

Illinois State Police(ISP) said in an initial incident report that its officers, along with Litchfield Police and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a call for a person with a gun around 10 a.m. Officers found the man, identified as 41-year-old Shane M. Boston, in the parking lot of Taylorville Community Credit Union in the 800 block of West Union Avenue in Litchfield.

ISP’s Division of Internal Investigations is now investigating the incident. ISP released two videos of officers’ body-worn camera footage, which show Boston running away from police. Officers tell him multiple times in the minutes before the shooting to drop his gun.

Bodycam footage shows the man stop in a parking lot and then point a gun in the direction of officers. Two Litchfield officers, a county sheriff’s deputy and an ISP officer fired their weapons at Boston. He was hit and taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead later in the day.

No officers were injured in the incident. ISP said the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office is still reviewing the evidence of the case.