ISP Release Video of Shooting at Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

ISP Release Video of Shooting at Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 8 Monday released video of a shooting that occurred at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in McLeansboro last October.

According to ISP, on October 20 at 12:20 a.m., the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office asked ISP to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred at the sheriff’s office.  

Thirty-year-old Aaron J. Sealy of Herrin was in custody after being arrested by McLeansboro police officers and was transported to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. While seated in a chair, Sealy was able to loosen the handcuffs, after which he grabbed and discharged a fire extinguisher toward a McLeansboro officer and a Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy. Both officers ordered Sealy to drop the fire extinguisher before discharging their firearms, striking him once.

Officers rendered aid to Sealy until he was transported by ambulance to an area hospital and eventually transferred to a regional hospital. The defendant is currently in custody.

Hamilton County State’s Attorney Justin Hood said in a statement Monday that courts in Illinois have recognized fire extinguishers as dangerous weapons, used to inflict serious injuries. Hood said the use of deadly force by these officers was entirely appropriate.

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