Off-duty deputy sheriff kills person in Elgin, Illinois

Off-duty deputy sheriff kills person in Elgin, Illinois

ELGIN, Illinois (CBS) — An off-duty sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a person during an armed robbery in northwest suburban Elgin on Monday.

At 4:35 p.m., Elgin police responded to Walnut Avenue and National Street for a shooting and later determined that an off-duty Kane County sheriff’s deputy was involved.

A spokesman for the Kane County district attorney said the deputy shot and killed one person who has not been identified. The exact circumstances of the armed robbery and shooting were unclear Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement, Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain referred questions to the local prosecutor’s office and said, “But I have to say how proud I am of him for his off-duty response and how brave our deputies and officers are day in and day out,” apparently referring to the deputy involved in the shooting. He did not elaborate on how or why the deputy intervened.

Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots. Neighbors who saw the aftermath of the incident were shocked by the incident.

A man, Rodney Hunter, owns a business near the scene of the shooting. He discovered the scene while going to his hairdresser.

“I watched the body lying there because I didn’t know what was going on at first,” Hunter said. “They didn’t say anything but they covered everything up so no one could see.”

He added that seeing the body on the ground near his business was “disturbing.”

The Kane County Major Crimes Task Force is leading the investigation, police said.