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DeWitt County Sheriff's Office and Clinton Police Department Joint Press Release:

Mar 11, 2016

On March 11, 2016 Clinton Police Officers responded to 101 E. Benton Street in Clinton, IL. after a despondent 46 year old man called authorities to report that he was suicidal and armed.  Officers arrived to find a lone male in front of the residence armed with a large butcher knife and a club.  DeWitt County Sheriff's Deputies and Clinton Police Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation for several minutes.  The subject told officers that he had taken measures to ensure that non-lethal force would not be effective, and that he would make officers shoot him.


White attempting to de-escalate the situation and despite pleas from officers, the subject advanced on them while raising the large butcher knife.  Two Clinton Police Officers and one DeWitt County Sheriff's Deputy fired their weapons simultaneously to stop the armed subject.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.


Pursuant to established protocol, the incident is being investigated by the Illinois State Police and the DeWitt County Coroner's Office.  The name of the decedent is being withheld at this time pending notification of relatives.  Additional inquires may be directed to the office of the DeWitt County States Attorney, Dan Markwell.

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