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Decatur Man Hospitalized After Officer-Involved Shooting

July 11, 2016

DECATUR, Ill. – A Decatur man police claim was armed with a gun and knife is being hospitalized for injuries after he was shot by a police officer.

Decatur police said Monday that officers were notified around 1 a.m. of a man with a gun.  Police say the officers encountered a man matching the description and an officer fired, striking the man in the chest.

The man who was shot was taken to a hospital.  He’s listed in serious condition.

WAND-TV reports the man is a 40-year-old black Decatur resident and the officers are white.  The officer who fired is a five-year department veteran.

The investigation has been turned over to Illinois State Police.

The shooting comes amid recent high profile police-involved shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

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