Peoria man on life support after altercation with police

By WEEK Producer

Peoria man on life support after altercation with police

July 15, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 6:47 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A Peoria man is brain dead and on life support following an altercation with police.

Peoria Police responded a call of a domestic dispute with shots fired at a home in the 2100 block of W. Howett early Monday morning.

Once there a female victim told officers that she had been battered by her boyfriend, Christopher Holcomb, at a different location and went to Holcomb's parents' house for help.

The victim said that Holcomb had showed up at the house and, when he was denied entry, began shooting at the front door. He had left the scene before officers arrived.

Officers located Holcomb driving a van and attempted to stop him. When officers approached, shots rang out. Officers returned fire before discovering Holcomb inside the van from a self inflicted gun shot wound to the head.

Peoria Police say witnesses at the scene confirmed that Holcomb shot himself.

An investigation into the shooting is currently on-going.

Anyone with information is asked to call Peoria Police at 673-4521 or Crime Stoppers at 673-9000.

Holcomb's family has decided to take him off of life support following organ donation.

Holcomb's father has set up a fund to pay for Christopher's funeral arrangements. Donations may be made at the Peoria Wisconsin Avenue Chase Bank, c/o Forrest Holcomb Jr.